October 25, 2021

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Fit And Go Forward

21 tips to get your 2021 off to a healthy start

At Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, your health means everything. We all know to eat healthy and exercise, but we can do more: Learn CPR, give blood, manage stress, get a mammogram and wear sunscreen.

Here are 21 tips for a healthy 2021 and beyond:

Practice proper hand hygiene: Whether it’s singing Happy Birthday twice or belting the chorus of Truth Hurts by Lizzo, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water to remove viruses, bacteria and other harmful substances stuck to your hands.

Follow a healthy diet: Food fuels not only the body, but also your mind. Eating a well-balanced diet of vegetables, berries, nuts, healthy fats and oils, whole grains, fish, beans and poultry can decrease risk of stroke, heart disease, cognitive decline and dementia.

Take it a step further: Try out the Mediterranean Diet – a plant-based style of eating that promotes overall health, supports healthy cholesterol levels and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

As little as 10 minutes of aerobic (or cardio) exercise a day, such as walking or cycling can improve health.

Make time for physical exercise: As little as 10 minutes of aerobic (or cardio) exercise a day, such as walking or cycling, can reduce stress and cognitive decline and improve your sleep, heart health and overall quality of life. Try scheduling your workouts, recruiting a buddy or taking group classes to stay motivated.

Prioritize your mental health: Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Mental wellness is an important ingredient when thinking about decreasing the risk of cognitive decline. It is so important to seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Managing stress in your life can also have a positive impact on cognitive health.

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