Lower Your Dependence On Health Care

We are lucky to live in an age where the health care industry is highly developed and nearly every disease has a remedy. Of course, these remedies don’t always come cheap. Insurance and government programs can provide some assistance but there are still lots of things that have us reaching deep into our pockets. Instead of seeking cures, we should always be proactive in preventing diseases to lessen our dependence on health care programs and enjoy a better quality of life. We can all start by doing simply things that can have big results when performed consistently.

Get More Active

Our ancestors had to go out each day to hunt for food. We are fortunate to have much easier jobs that allow us to feed ourselves. It’s true that modern work is difficult in its own way but sitting in front of a computer for most of the day and then again at night while watching television is just not good for us. Our bodies grow weaker every day because of inactivity with muscles suffering from atrophy, weights increasing constantly, and organs getting overtaxed. Reversing this sedentary lifestyle should be top priority.

Complete beginners can just walk and stand a little longer each day. Have modest goals at the start and trust that your body will adapt, growing stronger as time passes. Perhaps take the stairs instead of the elevators whenever possible. Park farther from the office and walk the rest of the way. Get a standing desk at work. Take frequent walk breaks and have these replace smoking breaks. Go to the gym once a week or more if you can. Try different sports and pursue the one you love.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

The common response to illness is to seek out a drug that could cure it. True, this is often the most effective approach with a doctor’s supervision, but it can have a lot of unwanted side effects as well. Periods of relative health should be maintained through the consumption of good quality food with high nutritional content. Lessen your intake of processed food as these are often swimming in harmful preservatives. Eat fresh fare as much as possible, shopping direct from the farmer’s market or its nearest equivalent in your area. Ease up on sugary drinks and avoid soda altogether if you can.

Be Kind to Yourself

Finally, do be kind to yourself and take care of your body. Remember that it’s the only one you have. It goes through a lot every day so it deserves ample rest every night. Aim for 8 hours of sleep or more so that you can feel rejuvenated when you wake up. You will be able to be more productive as well. Avoid life stresses as your mental state can have a profound effect on your health.