Living Well

Enjoy your life to the fullest

What does it mean to you to live well? What activities do you like to do? What do you wish you could do more of? What activities would you miss if you weren’t as healthy as you are now? Think about these goals. Think how sleeping well, exercising, and taking care of your body can help you reach these goals.

Be active to meet your personal goals for a healthy heart and a strong body. Most people should get at least 30 minutes of activity a day. That can mean three 10-minute walks to some people. For others, that could be 30 minutes racing down the road on their bikes. Ask your healthcare provider what activities would be best for your health goals.

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Sleep is tied to your mood, your ability to focus, and even your heart health. Getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night helps your body and mind get the rest they need. If you feel you’re having trouble getting to sleep (or getting up in the morning), try to be more consistent with your routine. Get to bed and get up at the same time every day. At night, start to wind down an hour or so before bedtime with a relaxing bath, a good book, or other easy activity.

Healthy skin can help you be at your best. You may need to do different things to protect your skin throughout the year as the seasons change. Moisturizing lotions can help keep your skin from drying out in winter. Sunscreen and proper clothing can help protect your skin in warmer weather. The food you eat and how much water you drink can also affect your skin’s health.

Strong bones help you stay active and enjoy life as you get older. But in people with osteoporosis, their bones may become weak enough that they break more easily.

Dairy foods — such as milk, cheese, and yogurt — are great sources of calcium. But what if you can’t have dairy? Dark green, leafy vegetables, including broccoli and kale, as well as tofu and almonds, are just a few non-dairy foods that have high levels of calcium. Vitamin D is found in salmon and other kinds of fish. Ask your healthcare provider what other foods can help your bones or if you should be taking supplements to get the nutrients you need.

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