Health Tips for the New Year

The holidays have come and gone, and it is time to begin a new year. Many people consider this an ideal time to create and stick to resolutions—so why not make a resolution to maintain healthy habits throughout the year? In addition to visiting a walk-in clinic in Atlanta for an annual physical, you can make simple changes to your diet, activity levels, and everyday schedule to improve your health.

Aim to eat a balanced diet each day, with an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid overconsumption of sodium, alcohol, sugar, and caffeinated beverages. Taking these steps can help to keep you at a healthy weight, and reduce the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If you already suffer from a condition such as high blood pressure, ask the doctors at your clinic about the best treatment options. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day, and get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. You should also get plenty of exercise—aim for 2.5 hours of physical activity each week. If you do not currently follow an exercise routine, visit a family physician at your walk-in clinic for a health check-up, and ask what activities he or she would recommend for you. Swimming, cycling, and walking are great options for people of all ages.

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