It is said that if you have your health, you have everything. Yet, according to a study of 501 men ages 45 to 65 conducted by Men’s Health Network in 2014, men care more about their cars than their bodies. Almost 70% of men surveyed considered it easier to keep their cars in good condition than care for their personal health. In addition, more than 40% indicated that they would rather resolve issues with their car than address issues associated with their health.
To help readers of Nurse Advocate, I share 14 tips that you can start to use today to take better care of yourself so you can be the best that you can be! Please feel free to share this post with your family and friends.
Schedule a checkup. An annual checkup is currently covered as part of your preventive care benefit through your health insurance plan. Schedule one today. Talk to your doctor about challenges that you are experiences and changes that you want to make to improve your health.
Replace TV time with some light exercise, instead of turning on the TV after dinner, take a 20-minute walk.
If you smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting.
Drink in moderation
Eat more fresh fruits and veggies
Make health a family objective. Instead of pizza and a movie night, try making a salad and having everyone to take a walk or go for a bike ride after dinner.
Work toward goals together can help everyone succeed.
Read your health insurance member handbook and learn about the tools and resources you can use to manage your health.
If you are in a Medicare Advantage program, see if your plan includes Silver Sneakers. This is a great benefit that will allow you to use local gyms so you can begin to exercise on a regular basis.
Use a dessert plate vs. a dinner plate when you eat a meal. Doing so can help you cut down on your portions.
Drink a glass of water before each meal as it will fill you up and help you avoid overeating
Learn how to read food nutritional labels so you are aware of what is in the food you are eating
If you are trying to lose weight start keeping a food diary so you are aware of what you are eating and where you can make changes.
Don’t skip meals. Doing so slows down your metabolism.
These are just a few things that you can do to help you take better care of yourself so you are the best you can be. Good luck!