8 Ways to Live a Healthier Life

by Armando Varela, AG ACNP-BC  FNP-BC  ENP-C, Clinical Director, Optima Medical

Most adults are aware of basic ways to keep the body healthy, but can you say you make a conscious decision to practice healthy lifestyle choices on a daily basis? 

Below are eight reminders to put you on the right path to living a longer, happier and healthier life.

  1. Exercise
    — Get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
    — Try simple changes such as parking the car farther away, taking the stairs or walking during work calls.
  2. Nutrition
    — Form an overall dietary pattern emphasizing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meats such as chicken or fish.
  3. Get More Sleep
    — Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
    —Sleep can improve your memory, reduce your risk of depression, help the body repair itself and keep your heart healthy.
  4. Drink More Water
    — Drink 8+ glasses of water per day.
    — Hydrating can help maximize physical performance, positively affect energy levels and brain function, and help prevent headaches.
  5. Break Bad Habits
     — Cut back on alcoholic beverages and drinks/foods with added sugars.
    — Live tobacco free; this includes vape products.
  6. Reduce Stress
    —Accept that there are events you cannot control.
    — Assert your feelings and opinions rather than becoming angry or defensive.
      Learn to manage your time and set limits appropriately.
  7. Nurture Your Spiritual and Emotional Health
    — Invest in yourself. Spiritual wellness involves one’s values, beliefs and purpose.
    Think positively, make time for meditation, learn or discover new things and practice self-discipline.
  8. Get Regular Check-Ups
    — Form a good partnership with your doctor and make checkups a priority.
    — Regular checkups will:
    A. Reduce your risk of getting sick and limit risk of complications.
    B. Detect potentially life-threatening conditions.
    C. Increase chances for treatment and cure.
    D. Reduce health-care costs over time.