Healthy Living In Knoxville
At AFC Urgent Care on Chapman Highway, we know that accidents and illnesses happen. They are often an unforeseeable part of life. But there ARE things you can do to live a healthier, happier life.
Three Keys To Healthy Living
Exercise Is Important
Many studies have shown that people who live active lifestyles that include regular exercise, have better physical and mental health than those who live an inactive and sedentary lifestyle. Getting 30 minutes or more of exercise daily can increase muscle mass, burn calories, help work out common ailments like shoulder and back pain, and release positive, healthy chemicals that your body needs like serotonin, endorphins and dopamine. Chemicals such as these can lead to a more positive mental state and a better outlook on life.
You can choose to run, lift weights, swim and hundreds of other exercise options and you can change your routine regularly. A daily exercise routine can be tailored to your life and needs. You can work out in the morning or at night, at home or at the gym, alone or with a partner or group. Weather permitting, you can take a brisk walk or do other outdoor exercise. Getting outside and into fresh air and sunshine has also been shown to promote a positive mental state. Enjoy a stroll around a local park or on the University of Tennessee campus.
If you have any physical limitations you should always check with a doctor before starting a specific exercise regimen.
Fuel Your Body Properly
Healthy eating is a cornerstone to a healthy, happy life. It is important to have a well-rounded and nutritious diet full of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grain foods.
The good news is there is such a wide variety of healthy foods readily available that the options and combinations are endless. While standards such as leafy greens, bananas and carrots are always a great go-to for healthy eating, don’t be afraid to try something new. You just may discover a new healthy favorite!
Quality Sleep Is Essential
One of the most important components of healthy living is also one of the most overlooked. Countless studies by The National Sleep Foundation and many other scientists have shown that adults should get between seven and nine hours of quality sleep nightly.
A lack of proper sleep can potentially affect your body in a number of ways including: impaired judgement, concentration issues, mood changes and depression. Studies have also linked poor sleep habits with immune system vulnerabilities, metabolism issues and potential weight gain.
Sleep isn’t just about quantity but also quality. Making sure your sleep is restful is important. Some steps to help ensure a restful sleep include turning off electronics at least an hour before sleep, refraining from drinking caffeine later in the afternoon and evening, making sure your bed and room temperatures are comfortable, and participating in a thoughtful and relaxing activity before bedtime, such as reading or taking a relaxing bath or shower.
Healthy Habits Go Hand In Hand
While the areas mentioned here go hand in hand to produce a healthy life, poor habits in these areas also tend to go together. Those who may have poor eating habits may find a lack of energy for exercise and may suffer from poor sleep patterns. It is important to identify areas where health improvements can be made and to take focused but manageable steps toward better health.
Visit AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway
If you suffer from pains or strains, or other ailments that keep you from living a healthy lifestyle, stop by AFC Urgent Care on Chapman Highway for a checkup and lab work to determine where your health stands—and where it can be improved.
If you have questions, contact us today!
7564 Chapman Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920-6684