We totally get that a busy schedule can make it seem impossible to make your health a priority. But it's time to stop using that as an excuse! Improving and maintaining your health doesn't have to be a time suck. Here are some helpful tips…
Schedule that appointment
Your annual physical typically consists of just ONE appointment. Your primary care practitioner will perform the appropriate screenings and vaccines based on your age, gender, and health history. These screenings can help detect potential health problems early. Your well-visit is also an excellent time to ask your primary care provider any questions you have regarding your health and wellness. Whether you're feeling stressed or have a nagging pain, your practitioner will want to hear about it.
And don't forget that your doctor is also there for you when you aren't feeling well. You know your body best, if something doesn't feel right, you should see your doctor. If you don't take care of yourself when you're sick, it can result in slower recovery time and your symptoms could worsen. Don't ignore your body's warning signs!
If you don't currently have a relationship with a primary care practitioner, we strongly urge you to develop one. You can ask friends and family for recommendations, or you can call our Concierge Care Coordinator. They can help you find the best CCP primary care practitioner who will fit your needs. Call (518) 782-3800.
Get moving (or move even more!)
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. People who are physically active live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.
Find something you enjoy doing, such as dancing, playing sports, or walking with your family. Working out with a friend or family member is another great way to stay motivated while also being social. If your availability doesn't align with others' schedules, then there are countless apps and websites that you can use to work out at home.
If you can't always set time aside for exercise, then try to be more active in your daily routine. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away and walk, or walk on your lunch break. The important thing is that you find what works so you can stay active.
When we get busy, it's easy to choose convenience over quality. But eating healthy doesn't have to take up all of your time. Prepare for the grocery store by bringing a list. Not only will it make your shopping trip a whole lot faster, but it will also prevent you from purchasing food you don't need. When you're planning your grocery list, make sure you have a good balance of the five food groups and to vary your protein sources.
If you double your recipe and make more than you need, you can freeze the leftovers for an instant meal on those nights where cooking isn't going to happen. This saves you both time and money – which we know your multitasking-self will love!
You should keep in mind that eating healthy does not mean you have to give up your favorite comfort foods. Just eat them less often and be sure to keep an eye on your portion size. You could also try preparing a healthier version of your favorite dish, especially if you don't have time to learn new recipes. For example, making macaroni and cheese with non-fat milk and light cream cheese instead of using whole milk and full-fat cheese.
Ladies, now is the time to take control of your health and make yourself a priority. After all, if you're not doing well, then how will you be able to take care of everyone else?!