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How Can I Improve My Health in 2020?

 We all want to be our best selves in 2020. That’s impossible to do without good health!

Whether you’ve already carved out some resolutions or not, our team at AFC Urgent Care Portland wants to encourage you to add some healthy lifestyle goals for the year. Read on as we offer some suggestions on living a healthier lifestyle.

How Can I Fit in Exercise?

Start with making it a priority! Physical activity promotes optimal physical and mental health, and fitting it in is vitally important.

Most adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week to maintain good health. Depending on your health needs and goals, you may need more. Schedule in exercise on your calendar like any other appointment—and don’t cancel on yourself!

Benefits of Exercise

  • You feel happier.

  • You can maintain a healthy weight.

  • It can be good for muscles and bones.

  • You can increase your risk of certain diseases, such as heart disease.

  • It can improve your skin health.

  • You can boost your memory.

How Can I Make My Diet Healthier?

That’ll differ somewhat from person to person, depending on what you currently eat. But the basics of healthy eating are the same, regardless.

Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables, lean proteins (either meat-based or not), whole grains, and a small amount of healthy fat. If you stay committed to practicing those basics, you’re already on the path to healthier eating!

Healthy Eating Tips

  • Bake, broil and grill food rather than frying.

  • Consume more fish.

  • Cut down on saturated fat and added sugar.

  • Reduce your salt intake.

  • Stay hydrated by sipping on water throughout the day.

If you’re resolving to live healthier in 2020, a checkup is a great first step. Visit AFC Urgent Care Portland today. No appointment is necessary!