Five Ways to Upgrade Your Routine for a Healthier Life

Your health is result of the choices you make every day. If you don’t get enough sleep every night, for example, you may be a little groggy and, lets admit it, hardly any one of us think much about the long-term consequences. However, chronic lack of sleep puts you at risk for a number of chronic conditions, obesity, depression, and more. Doctors and medical researchers are now increasingly prescribing lifestyle-related interventions to help patients prevent health events from happening.

If you were to look at your routine, there are probably a few changes you could make to improve your health. Although they may seem small, over the course of a lifetime, they can be very significant. It takes as little as 21 days to break a bad habit for good, so you may be able to experience the benefits of these changes in less time than you would think.

By adjusting your routine, you may able to stay out of the doctor’s office and experience better health. In addition to that, you’ll feel better physically and emotionally, and you may lose some weight as well. If you can, ask your partner, a family member or a friend to try these upgrades with you to increase your chances of success.

Healthy Upgrades You Can Implement for Better Health

• Fill your plate up with vegetables. Vegetables provide a number of health benefits. Also, when you load your plate with veggies, you have less room for unhealthy items.
• Meditate. All you need is twenty minutes each day to experience more calmness and a better mood.
• Take a break from the desk every hour. Sitting for long periods of time has been linked with a number of chronic conditions.
• Keep in good company. Social gatherings are an important part of longevity.
• Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning for improved sleep habits.

Doctors at the Hope4Cancer® Institute treat the underlying cause of the disease and not just the symptoms. Most doctors do not realize how important it is for cancer patients to not just focus on getting rid of the cancer, but in changing the lifestyle parameters that most likely caused it in the first place. If you are looking to prevent cancer, making healthy lifestyle upgrades can eliminate or reduce the impact of many risk factors. It is now known that only 5% of all cancers are inherited. What that means is that the rest are being caused largely by our habits and environment, and gives us something to work towards. Statistics show that 2 out of 1 men and 3 out of 1 women will end up getting cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that the preventive measures for cancer apply equally to those for many other life-threatening diseases. So is it worth the effort? You decide.

So the next time you realize that you are feeling tired all of the time, take a look at your sleep routine instead of reaching for that cup of coffee. If you are gaining weight and don’t know why, take a look at your diet and activity level to see if improvements can be made. Bad habits are hard to break, but the benefits of making these changes to your routine are well worth it. Try one or all of these changes to avoid the doctor’s office and feel healthier overall.