You may know the saying, “You have to crawl before you can walk and walk before you can run.” It’s a good one to remember when you’re trying to take care of your health. Looking at a long list of do’s and don’ts can be daunting when it comes to your well-being and you might not know where to begin. Or, maybe you feel like you just can’t do everything you’re supposed to do. These five health tips are basic and easy to follow and can help you begin taking those first tentative steps toward better health.
1. Have a primary care doctor.
A primary care physician is specially trained to serve as your main doctor over the long term. He or she can manage your health care and help you stay healthy by conducting regular exams and ordering necessary medical tests.
2. Take your medicines as prescribed.
Medicines are designed to help your health, but they can fail to do their job, or even cause harm if you don’t follow instructions on how and when to take them.
3. Pile on the produce.
Almost all of us need to eat more fruits and vegetables. They’re chock-full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, which are essential to good health. You can start by filling half your plate with fruits and veggies.
4. Take a few more steps.
Exercise can help fend off numerous diseases, including heart diseases, high blood pressure and type 2 Diabetes. It can also help you manage your weight. Walking is good exercise because it’s low-risk, inexpensive and easy to do anywhere.
5. Gather information.
Do you need to lose weight or quit smoking? Both are difficult, but doable. Research ways that might work best for you and seek the support of friends or family members who have successfully made those changes. Good sources of reliable health information include medical organizations, government-sponsored websites and, of course, your primary care physician. Find one who can help you stay on track for good health by clicking here or call Adventist Health at 503-256-4000.
Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention