Regardless of your age, it is never too late to map out a plan to stay healthy. In fact, a daily routine that is designated to staying active and eating healthy can have numerous health benefits. According to Harvard researchers, new studies show that lifestyle habits in adulthood may increase a man’s life by 12 years (a woman’s life by 14 years). Some of the health benefits include:
- Weight Loss
- Lower Blood Sugar
- Reduce Cholesterol
- Decreased Blood Pressure
With a daily exercise regime and healthy eating habits, you can also lower your risk of serious health issues such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Eating healthy should be a lifestyle instead of a diet that is considered on occasion. Healthy eating patterns include a variety of nutritious foods and beverages. In addition, eating the right amount of calories for your age and height is also very important. Some healthy food choices include:
- Whole grains
- Unprocessed dairy products
- Protein foods like seafood, eggs, lean poultry and meats, legumes (beans), nuts, seeds, peas, and natural soy products
In addition, there are certain products you should avoid such as refined starches and grains, salt, added sugars and saturated fats. For optimum health, limit your intake of alcohol and quit smoking.
Now and again you may have questions about how to put together a plan or healthy diet. In fact, it is quite common for people to be overwhelmed. It is at these times that it may be best to consult a professional who can help you personalize a healthy daily food plan. At Men’s Health Atlanta, Zack Charkawi, M.D. specializes in balancing and improving physical as well as mental health. In fact, Dr. Charkawi is renowned for his preventative practices including anti-aging services for men. Moreover, Zack Charkawi, M.D. makes it a point to treat patients as his top priority.
Simply put, if you want to stay healthy you need to get enough physical exercise. A good rule of thumb is 2 to 3 hours of physical activity a week. Make sure to start at a comfortable level, especially if you have never been active before. Keep in mind that your workouts will get easier the more you exercise. Likewise, your body will adapt over time. Add a little more to your exercise regime once your body adapts.
Benefits of Exercise
Exercise offers way more than the obvious such as better health and an improved physique. According to WebMD, exercise has numerous other benefits like:
- Prevent Disease
- Increases Energy
- Boosts Performance
- Improved Brainpower
- Reduced Overall Stress
- Creates a Stronger Heart
- Staying Fit Can Help Build Relationships
- It is Actually Easy to Find Time to Exercise
Types of Activity
Most specialists agree that it is important to find an activity that you enjoy. Choosing the right type of exercise will encourage more daily activity and create motivation for staying with your plan. There are numerous types of activities to enjoys such as:
- Tai’ Chi
- Sports like Tennis, Basketball or Golf
Basically, there are two types of exercise – aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Aerobic activities involve making your heart beat faster such as jogging or bicycling. Muscle-strengthening exercises are activities that offer muscle strength like isometrics, sit-ups or push-ups, using resistance bands and lifting weights.
Deciding on a Plan to Stay Healthy
At Men’s Health Atlanta, Zack Charkawi, M.D. can help you devise the best health plan to suit your needs and lifestyle. Dr. Charkawi is knowledgeable in various fields and is a member of the American Diabetic Association, American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is named in Who’s Who for his work with diabetes research, education and treatment.
Zack Charkawi, M.D. is also highly experienced in Men’s Health like the P Shot, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Urgent Care and Preventative Medicine. Men’s Health Atlanta can be found in Johns Creek close to Highway 141 (Peachtree Parkway). It is located right across from Emory Johns Creek Hospital on Hospital Parkway at the McGinnis Ferry Road intersections. Dr. Charkawi welcomes new patients from numerous counties such as North Fulton, South Forsyth, Gwinnett and the adjoining North Atlanta regions like Dawsonville, Duluth, Roswell, Cumming, Alpharetta, Suwanee and Johns Creek.
Special Note: This post is not intended as medical or professional advice. If you have any questions about how to map out a plan to stay healthy, make an appointment at Men’s Health Atlanta with Zack Charkawi, M.D.
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