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7 Life-Hacks For Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

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With spring’s arrival, the time is perfect to refocus your efforts on attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Rather than spending thousands on diets and exercise equipment, follow these seven life-hacks for healthy living Rockford residents can rely on.

1. Get an Annual Physical Exam.

An annual physical gives you the opportunity to identify and address negative health issues before they worsen. Meanwhile, some physicians may offer discounted rates to people in need of an annual physical, so the cost is not as big a burden as you might believe.

2. Use Positive Coping Skills to Deal With Mental Stress.

Mental stress may contribute to inflammation in the body and additional health problems, and United Way of Rock River Valley seeks to empower community health too. To achieve healthy living, Rockford residents need use positive coping skills such as arts and crafts or exercise to manage mental stress. This will also help boost mood and self-esteem.

3. Do Not Smoke.

Smoking may lead to cancer of the throat, mouth and lungs, and it increases risk for heart disease, stroke and major health complications. If you do smoke, give gutting another try. Every time you try to stop smoking, you take a step closer toward success and healthy living.

4. Take a Class to Better Yourself.

Educational opportunities help you improve self-esteem, confidence and skillset. Enroll in a local course to learn something new. There is no rule to what type of class you need. Follow what you enjoy. For example, a course on cooking might help you volunteer in your community soup kitchen, or a course on tax prep can help you learn more about managing finances.

5. Stay Active For at Least 30 Minutes Daily.

Weight loss and maintenance goals often fail because goals are not realistic. Instead of planning to work out for hours every day, start small. Stay active for at least 30 minutes daily. For example, walk around the block, the mall or your favorite store. The key is to keep moving.

6. Shop the Grocer’s Perimeter.

Most grocery stores are set up alike. The perimeter of the store is where the actual food, including fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy, sits. Try to avoid shopping the inside aisles because they contain processed food items that may contain unhealthy amounts of sodium and other excess fats.

7. Reward Yourself When Appropriate.

Rewarding yourself for sticking to healthy living goals is one the best ways to stay on track. If you meet your goals for the week, treat yourself with something you enjoy, such as an extra snack or making your favorite food. Remember that moderation is key.

Healthy living does not mean you must give up what you love to eat or do with life. Instead, making a few minor changes in your busy schedule can make the difference. To find out more about other ways to improve your lifestyle, stop by United Way of Rock River Valley at 612 North Main Street in Rockford, or call 1 (815) 968-5400

 

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