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How can I schedule the essentials of healthy living into my day?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Make your schedule specific - listing when, where, and how you plan to sleep, eat, exercise, and socialize. You should set the following goals for healthy living:

Meals
  • Make time to sit down for a meal - preferably with others
  • Plan to consume your calories during meal time and not in between meals
  • If you need a snack, have a large glass of water plus fresh fruit or crunchy vegetables

Exercise
  • Plan to exercise a total of 150 minutes of moderate intensity, aerobic exercise (like brisk walking or hiking) each week
  • Try to exercise about 30 minutes per day, at least five days per week
  • Don't try to do all of your exercise in one long session
  • Vary your exercise so you don't get bored
  • Keep yourself well hydrated

Sleep
  • 10 hours nightly if you're a pre-teen child
  • 9 hours per night if you're a teenager
  • 7-8 hours per night if you're an adult
  • Consider including one 30-minute, mid-afternoon nap each day

Socialize
  • Plan encounters with family, friends, and strangers
  • Take advantage of unexpected opportunities to connect with others in your community
  • Use Boo - your dog as an icebreaker
  • Take advantage of socializing opportunities during scheduled meals and exercise to interact with others
After making a schedule - chart your progress.
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