Step 1, Step 2 – Two easy steps for a healthier you
In today’s digital world, there are so many sources of health information available right at our fingertips.
However, there is someone you should be listening to for reliable health information instead of always trusting what you read online – your primary care provider! Your primary care provider not only knows your health history, but is also a trusted source for overall health tips and information.
So before jumping onto Google to find out how to be healthier this fall, take a minute to read these two tips a primary care provider recommends.
- Put down the cigarettes: Smoking not only increases your risk of lung cancer, but also increases your risk of COPD, cardiovascular disease and even death. Smoking is actually the leading cause of overall death in the United States. According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die every year from tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke. That is more than 1,315 people every day! Smoking contributes to 80 percent of cancer deaths in women and 90 percent of cancer deaths in men, according to the American Lung Association. Talk to your primary care provider for tips and suggestions for quitting today. They can provide you with a personalized plan to have you smoke free this year.
- Get up and get moving: Exercise is a critical part of your overall health and well-being. Engaging in regular exercise decreases your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer. Adults should engage in moderate exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Don’t have time to work-out? Don’t worry. Counting your steps is an easy – and fun – way to fit exercise into your daily routines. Try to reach 10,000 steps and day. You can track your steps through tools like Fitbit or apps on your smart phone. Grab your spouse or best friend and challenge them to see who can get the most steps daily.