By Carl Ruoff, DO
Spring is a great time to focus on a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips to get your started.
Start an exercise routine
The weather is warm and the days are longer, which makes a perfect combination to be more active. The American Heart Association recommends:
- 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise. What’s moderate exercise? It’s when you can talk, but not sing during the activity.
- 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise. You’ll know it’s vigorous if you can only say a few words before having to take a breath.
The key is to do something you enjoy so you're more likely to stick with it. Go for a bike ride, take up yoga, hike the Greenbelt trail or take a walk during your lunch hour.
Revamp your diet
Swap out the high-fat and high-sugar foods for local vegetables in season. A healthy diet includes vegetables and fruit daily.
Drink more water
Staying hydrated becomes more important as the days warm up. Drink plenty of water before going outside, and have plenty on hand. Stay away from sugar-filled sports drinks with extra calories.
Check in for a checkup
Getting a regular checkup is not just about good medical care. It also gives you the chance to learn more about healthy habits.
Dr. Ruoff is board certified in internal medicine, and practices at Roslyn Internal Medicine, a division of ProHEALTH Care Associates. You can reach Dr. Ruoff at 1-516-621-7720. The clinic address is 70 Glen Cove Road, Suite 306, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577.