HEALTHY HABITS

1. Don’t Smoke

bullet Smoking has been clearly shown to cause lung cancer, emphysema, heart attacks, stroke, blockages in blood vessels in the legs which eventually can cause gangrene, impotence, and many others.

 

bullet It is best not to begin smoking, but even if you’ve been a long time smoker, it is never too late to quit.

 

bullet Please make an appointment to discuss various ways to quit.

 

 

2. Don’t take Drugs

bullet Taking “recreational” drugs are clearly linked to many health problems, including AIDS, emotional problems, and many others.

 

bullet People who take drugs are much more likely to be homeless.

 

bullet Addiction happens much more quickly than you think.

 

bullet Do you think you can trust the suppliers of recreational drugs to maintain the quality control of  their products?

 

 

3. Alcohol

bullet It has been clearly shown that people who drink more than 2 drinks per day (or more than 14 per week) have a much higher incidence of liver disorders, which can be fatal.

 

bullet It has recently been shown that people who drink “moderately”, meaning approximately 5-10 drinks per week appear to have a reduced risk of stroke.

 

bullet Excess alcohol is linked to automobile accidents and fatalities.

 

bullet Alcohol can cause an elevation in blood pressure, blood glucose, and triglycerides.

 

 

4. Diet

bullet Have lots of:

bullet Fruits

 

bullet Vegetables

 

bullet Whole grain

 

bullet Fiber

 

bullet Water

 

bullet Minimize:

bullet Red meats

 

bullet Saturated fats

 

bullet High fat dairy (e.g. cheese, cream, etc.)

 

bullet Deep fried foods

 

bullet Total calories

 

 

5. Exercise

bullet Ideally, everyone, of every age and condition should get 30-45 minutes of aerobic exercise 4-5 times per week (more is better).  Aerobic means that your heart rate is elevated with the exercise.

 

bullet Examples of aerobic exercise are:

bullet Walk (briskly)

 

bullet Jog

 

bullet Swim

 

bullet Equipment at a health club such as a stationary bike, stepper, Nordic Trak, treadmill.

 

bullet Heavy work around the house counts as aerobic, such as pushing a lawnmower, raking leaves, etc.

 

bullet Activities that are “active” but not aerobic include: light gardening, housework, shopping.

 

bullet Active is better than sedentary, but aerobic is better than active.

 

 

6. Seatbelts

bullet Wear them all the time, even with local driving.  It saves lives (and its the law).

 

bullet Always wear them when riding a:

bullet Motorcycle

 

bullet Bicycle

 

bullet Skateboard

 

 

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