We always go into the New Year with good intentions: exercise more, eat better, sleep more. Then reality hits. Working late prevents you from going to the gym; eating out between kids’ activities makes it difficult to eat well or weekend events disrupt your REM cycle. This year take baby steps. Work on getting into good habits that will give you healthy, positive results in the long run. And by taking it slow you’ll most likely be able to keep them up throughout the year. Here are a few ways to get you started in 2019.
- Meal prep in advance: It’s much less tempting to order take-out when you know most of the meal prep is already done when you get home. Have items like hard-boiled eggs ready to add to a salad or meals like roasted chicken and broccoli on hand that can be reheated quickly.
- Conduct a body-check every month: Make an effort to take a close look at your skin and overall body parts. Note anything that might seem different, even if you think it might not be a problem. Let your gynecologist know if you notice anything like abdominal pain or unusual odor. It’s always best to err on the side of caution.
- Take a Moment to Feel Grateful: With more contributing factors, like social media, affecting people’s mental well-being, it’s important to reflect on what you’re grateful for. Keep a gratitude journal or take time to acknowledge all the worthwhile things you accomplished over the week to give you some positive reinforcement and enhance your state of mind.
- Wear a Pedometer: It’s been said that people who wear a pedometer are encouraged to take more steps during the day. A pedometer will likely motivate you to take the stairs over the elevator. So, if you don’t make it to the gym after work, you won’t feel so bad!
- Schedule doctor appointments: If you’re a mom, especially with young ones, we bet you’re pretty vigilant about your children’s doctor appointments. Why shouldn’t you be about your own? From primary care to the gynecologist, everyone should make sure to stay up-to-date on health screenings.
- Wear Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day. Make sure to apply it to not only your face––but your ears, neck and hands, too. This is especially important since we live in a high altitude. Sunscreen will help prevent skin damage and lower your risk of skin cancer and premature aging.
We also encourage a yearly exam with your OBGYN for optimal health. Call Cheyenne OBGYN today to schedule your annual exam – we are always accepting new patients.