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A Healthy Lifestyle for 2017: the Planning, Balance, and Basics

A healthy lifestyle is all about balance, and the close-approaching new year is a great opportunity to start working toward personal wellness. Whether physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, occupational or social need, all aspects of your health are important. Quite often, they also overlap and support one another.

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Picture wellness as a wheel with each area of your life as a spoke. If one area is smaller than another, the wheel won’t turn smoothly – just like your wellness. Balancing work, social, physical, emotional wellness and everything else isn’t easy, but working toward balance will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Wellness does not happen overnight; it takes time and commitment. One positive way to work toward a healthy lifestyle is to set goals and celebrate milestones by rewarding yourself. Rewards are an important way to reinforce success and provide motivation to continue working hard. Set realistic goals and give yourself time to accomplish them without overwhelming yourself.

A common goal with many health benefits is that of starting an exercise routine. Physical activity can help reduce stress, improve sleep and boost your mood. For most adults, the Center for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity every week, but it’s important to work up to that amount. When it comes to exercise, every little bit counts, and it can be helpful to break up your work-outs into ten-minute increments throughout the day.

Before beginning any exercise routine, it is always important to consult with a healthcare professional to approach fitness in the safest, most beneficial way.

Some simple goals that will help you feel healthier include enough sleep, managing stress, putting away technology before bed, or spending more time with family. Our area is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of primary healthcare physicians, behavioral health specialists, and other related healthcare providers dedicated to educating families in the community on improving overall wellbeing and establishing healthy routines.

Spokesperson Background:

Megan Norriss is a wellness coordinator at Cone Health. Norriss received a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science from UNCG in 2006, and is certified as an exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Megan received a master’s in health promotion management from Nebraska Methodist College in 2014.

Source: Fox 8

Posted by: APL Cheeks

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