7 Healthy Habits to Keep the Doctor Away

It's a typical human trait to harbor some apprehension toward the doctor's office. Nobody likes to travel to a sterile waiting room to anticipate prodding and needles. Apart from emergency situations and routine check-ups, doctor visits ought to be few and far between. If you want to keep yourself in proper shape and avoid illnesses that will bring you into the doctor’s office, stick to these easy-to-practice habits.

Let’s get this one out of the way first: it’s time to start getting some exercise. I know, you’ve heard it a million times, but exercise can be fun. You do not have to jog in front of your neighbors or dwell in a gym to put exercise into your life. You can wander your city or property, attend (standing) concerts and dance a little, even visit the mall and walk around for a while.

Of course, with exercise comes a wholesome diet. You do not have to eat salads religiously to eat healthily. Start by cooking most your meals at home. Even a homemade Happy Meal will be healthier when you cook your own ingredients. Once you wean out of excessive dining, you can then consider keeping some fruit and vegetables around.

You can improve your health just by putting more effort into your daily hygiene routine. Brush your teeth after each meal, especially before bed. Bathe regularly and wash your hair, and keep your hands clean. Also, wash your clothes and change your attire daily. You will shirk germs and prevent disease.

Remember that sleep is vital. When you neglect sleep, your body misses the chance to enter deep relaxation and heal. Adhere yourself to the recommended amount of sleep for your age group, but aim for seven to eight hours as a guideline. If you are unable to get enough sleep due to chronic pain, sleep apnea, or another aggravating condition, seek medical attention immediately.

Another important habit to keep is staying hydrated. The recommended amount of daily water consumption is about three to four liters. The sky's the limit, here; it is necessary to drink as much water as possible. If you do not love drinking water, however, try playing your own water-drinking game.

Your mental and emotional health have a bigger impact on your physical health than you may realize. Chronic depression, tendencies toward anger, and compounded stress will overwork your system and cause your body to fail. If you cannot find a way to make peace with your inner anguish, consider making an appointment to visit a mental health professional.

Finally, you must reduce your usage of drugs. Tobacco and alcohol habits contribute to the untimely deaths of hordes of addicted victims. If you are unable to deny drugs, now is the best time to develop a plan for wellness.