The start of a new year is a time where many of us reflect on our life and determine the changes we would like to see in ourselves. One of those areas that you might consider improving is your health. Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) physicians Dr. Kelly Mudon and Dr. Howard Pratt offer their medical advice on leading a healthier lifestyle and why it’s so important!
Keep up to date with health appointments
Scheduling a health appointment with your primary care physician is the first step in focusing on your health in the new year. A physician will look at your blood work and vitals to make sure that you are in good health. Visiting a doctor that is aware of your medical history is crucial, according to Dr. Mudon.
“Your primary physician is more able to make informed decisions on your health when they are aware of the details of your history,” said Dr. Mudon. In these cases, early recognition of problems is easier.”
If you are looking to drop a few pounds this year, evaluate your eating habits! Eating a well-balanced diet is a key factor in one’s health. Healthy eating has several benefits including weight loss and increased energy, said Dr. Mudon.
“It’s important to work on a healthier lifestyle and moderation in food and drink,” said Dr. Murdon. Losing weight helps improve chronic issues, like Hypertension and Diabetes.”
Moving your body and engaging in physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Dr. Mudon said it is linked to improved mobility, a reduced risk of chronic diseases, and a better mood. Increasing physical activity in your everyday life may be challenging at first but there are ways to overcome this hurdle.
“Exercising 150 minutes per week will greatly benefit your health,” Dr. Mudon said. “Participate in an activity that you love, and you’ll be more likely to continue with it.”
She recommends fun workouts like swimming if you experience pain in your joints.
Focusing on your mental health
Your mental health has a direct link to your overall well-being. People with mental health conditions are at high risk of experiencing chronic physical conditions. Psychiatrist, Dr. Howard Pratt recommends being aware of your mental state and practicing self-care to relieve conditions like anxiety and depression.
“Do small things each day that bring you joy,” he said. “Instead of sitting around and dwelling on your current situation, find activities that allow you to disconnect.”
However, there are still times when professional help is needed. If you are struggling with your mental health, Dr. Pratt encourages patients to speak to a mental health professional.
“We need to have honest conversations about our mental health,” he said. “No matter how strong you may feel, sometimes we need help from others.”
To make an appointment with a primary care physician or mental health professional visit www.chisouthfl.org/appointment-requests/
or call 305-252-4820