This week, Dr. E shares six tips from our friends at Penn Medicine to help you boost your health and well-being all year long:
Add fruits, veggies and whole grains to your plate. Making healthy food choices will have lasting effects on your health today and for years to come.
Get up and get moving, If you don't enjoy exercising, try talking walks or picking up a new activity that keeps you active. Penn Medicine recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week. Here's where we come in: Studies show individuals who use public transportation get an average of 19 minutes of physical activity per day and get over three times the amount of physical activity per day of those who don’t. And public transportation users take 30% more steps per day than people who rely on cars. In fact - train commuters are 4 times more likely to achieve 10,000 daily steps than car commuters!
Rethink your drink. It's important to stay hydrated -by substituting water in place of soda, juice, and other sugary beverages.
Get adequate rest. Adults need at least seven hours of sleep.
Stop smoking now. It's never too late to quit smoking! Giving up tobacco reduces your risk of cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other smoking-related illnesses.
Wear sunscreen. Even in cold weather, sun can damage your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
If you have trouble achieving your health goals, write them down. Journaling about your progress is a good way to stay focused and keep from slipping up on your goals.
Keep it here for more helpful tips from SEPTA Medical Director Dr. E [aka Dr. Jeffrey Erinoff]!!