Autumn is here. Fall’s arrival can sometimes catch us off guard as we segue into September, back-to-school responsibilities, rollercoaster weather changes, and so much more. Scheduling can get hectic but taking the necessary steps to stay healthy this fall remains integral. Here are just a few tips from the pros to start the season right:
- Eat well. We won’t bog you down with any food pyramid-style finger-wagging. You know the drill. Eat more fruits, veggies, and whole grains, and fewer fried snacks and treats. Keep your meats lean and your dairy low-fat. And consult your physician and/or a nutritionist if you have any questions.
- Sleep well. Seven to nine hours is the magic number, experts say. Ensuring you get ample Zzz’s is essential to function at your best throughout the day. What does that entail? Well, many things – but a good start can be shelving screens an hour before bedtime, cutting off caffeine midday, and putting the kettle on for a relaxing cup of tea.
- Work out the kinks. We know calendars are getting increasingly crowded as back-to-school events and holiday planning take center stage. But whether you hit the gym or pound the pavement with a brisk walk around the neighborhood, you should try to fit exercise into your schedule whenever possible. Experts suggest at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise (cardio and strength training), 3 to 5 times per week.
- Smoking? Stop. According to the Centers for Disease Control, warding off cigarettes can increase your life expectancy by as much as 10 years. Quitting also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, COPD, cancer, and more. Not only that, but it’s much easier on the wallet.
- Get a checkup. Don’t put off routine screenings and annual exams. Despite a pandemic that continues to impact activities nationwide, your doctor’s office is a safe, sanitary, and welcoming space that takes every precaution to keep patients and families healthy. Regular checkups are an essential means of preventing future illness. And if you are due for a mammogram or a colonoscopy, do not delay.
- Get your flu shot. Getting vaccinated for influenza has always been good practice, but is particularly important this year, as it can offer relief to hospitals in a particularly challenging time.
Need to speak to a doctor? Quality First Urgent Care clinics in Clarksville and Burtonsville are open daily to provide a wide array of medical services and solutions. Schedule a telemedicine appointment in the privacy of your own home or drop by our offices from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Walk-ins are always welcome.