Fall Into The Habit Of Being Proactive About Your Health

By Sharon DeVellis

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Like many diseases, prostate cancer has risk factors that make developing the disease more likely. Knowing your risk is important so that you can talk to your doctor about prostate cancer.

With summer coming to an end and the crisp air of autumn just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to create new habits to start being proactive with your health.

I went to the experts to get the inside scoop on the practical advice they offer friends and family to help ensure you live a long and healthy life.

Don’t Hesitate To See Your Doctor
Dr. Kim Foster, a family physician based in BC, knows that people often hesitate to book a doctor’s appointment for fear they are “bothering” the doctor or out of embarrassment. Her advice?
Don’t save up all your questions and issues for your yearly check-up. Often, time will run out in a single visit which equals frustration for both you and your doctor. Instead, if there's something going on, don't hesitate to book an appointment. Many people suffer unnecessarily for a long time, or stress for way too long about something that could absolutely have been dealt with in a quick visit.”

Add Berries To Your Diet
Registered nutritionist Theresa Albert recommends adding berries to your diet as one of the simplest ways you can be proactive with your diet. Albert says, “Berries are the highest nutrient, lowest calorie fruit. Currently, blueberries are being studied as a treatment and prevention for diabetes. Simply add fresh berries to salads, yogurt and even entrees, or use frozen berries to make compote or smoothies.”

Set A Schedule
The best proactive tip Certified Personal Trainer, Dara Duff-Bergeron gives her clients is to schedule workouts. “If it's written down, it goes from being simply something to do to becoming a commitment–to yourself.”  She also recommends scheduling workouts in the morning. Morning exercisers are statistically most likely to adhere to their programs and work out in the long-term.

Every Bit Counts
Johanna Quinn, owner of JQ Fitness is a firm believer that every little bit counts! “Studies have shown that it's actually the little bouts of movement throughout the day that contribute significantly to overall health. Taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator or parking farther away so you have longer to walk to the entrance can make a big difference in your overall health.”

Johanna encourages her clients to get up at least every hour at work and walk around the office, or go for a short 15-minute walk at lunch. Her best advice is to start slow and gradually increase your time for best results.

Little steps can mean big changes–it all adds up and your body will thank you for it!

Bio: Sharon DeVellis is the Senior Writer at YummyMummyClub.ca where she also writes a blog called The Inside Scoop.  At 41, she took up short track speed skating, and chronicles her journey at SpeedSkatingMom.com.

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