We proudly serve you from 13 different locations and specialize in almost 20 areas of care, but if you are seeing us more than once a year for your regular screenings, that means that we aren't focusing enough on how to keep you healthy. Preventative care is one of the easiest and most cost-effective treatments to keep you at your best. So we'd like to make sure that we are talking about it.
Time and time again, we have discussed the best way to prevent this disease or that disease and typically it all circles back to what you are doing for yourself. Are you eating a healthy diet? Do you know how to eat a healthy diet? Are you exercising enough? Do you know how much exercise is enough or what type you are best suited for? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself and it's time you were honest. Are you doing everything in your power to live the long and happy life that you deserve? Take a good look at what you are putting into your body and then take a good look at how active you are. These two variables alone can change the outcome of not only surviving a serious medical condition but avoiding it all together. Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, all of these things can cut your life short and they all can be prevented.
There are tons of articles and resources online about healthy diets and how to get started with selecting the foods you should be eating. There are countless sites that feature healthy recipes so you won't get bored with the same meal over and over. Utilizing these sites will help you figure out how to cook healthy and help you choose the right foods and portion sizes. Take for instance this article from EatingWell.com. Resources like these give you easy recipes for you to use as a guide while shopping and planning your next meal. Many recipe sites also give you suggested substitutions to reduce your fat and caloric intake. Some of our favorite recipe sites are AllRecipes.com, CookingLight.com, PopSugar.com and even MayoClinic.org has great tips and articles. Healthy eating has never been easier and if you take the time to shop and prepare your food in advance, you can save a lot of money by not eating out.
There are even a few great smartphone apps on the market that will help you track what you are eating, tell you how many calories you have left in your day, what types of foods you should consume and how often you should be eating. They serve as fabulous tools to guide you and keep you on track. There is one catch, you must be honest with yourself (and your phone) and you have to hold yourself accountable.
Physical fitness is anything that gets your body moving and your heart pumping which in turn burns calories. Not only does physical activity help you stay fit and trim, but it is important for you overall heart health protecting you from heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week to maintain your ideal weight and health. This does not mean you need to become a runner, kickboxer or Olympic swimmer. Just taking a 30-minute brisk walk in the morning, play basketball with your kids or riding your bike after work. All of these fun and basic activities will do the trick. Greenville now has a beautiful greenway system that we should all be utilizing. It's great for walking, running or biking. Not only does physical activity boost your physical health, but escaping the stress of life for a walk along the river will promote good mental health as well.
Map My Walk - GPS tracking to map out your walk, bike ride or run. Keep up with your mileage, pace and calories burned.
Walk for a Dog - This app is a great motivating tool that will surely get your feet out the door. Not only will it track you and your four-legged friend on your walk, but with every step you take, you are helping to save an animal's life! You can choose your local shelter (Pitt County Animal Shelter and Humane Society of Eastern Carolina are both listed) as your charity of choice and they make quarterly donations based on the mileage logged by you and Sparky. Pretty neat!
Daily Burn - This app has a free 30-day trial for you to test out, but it brings the gym to you. You can choose from a variety of workouts and it is delivered directly to your phone. This keeps your workouts fresh and fun and since you can choose your activity based on your ability level, it can grow with you as your fitness level increases.
While we love seeing you when you visit, let's try to keep it to once a year. This will mean you are taking care of your body and mind and nothing would make us happier than healthy patients. Hopefully, these tips and fun apps help to keep you engaged and fully understand what healthy living is all about. We will still be here to help keep you healthy whenever you need us, but YOU are your best tool for prevention. Stay happy and healthy and get moving!