As a medical doctor, I am always asked about the best ways to keep your mind and body in good shape throughout the year. I personally know that it can be a challenge to juggle a healthy lifestyle while keeping up a busy work schedule, especially if travel is involved. It’s no surprise that sometimes a wellness plan can take a backseat to the demands of everyday life, making it difficult to stay on a healthy track all year long. This season, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and take spring cleaning to a new level by making small changes in your daily life that can have a big impact on your overall health.
Enjoy Being Active: Finding an activity you enjoy is key to incorporating regular physical fitness into your life. Being active shouldn’t feel like work, so choose something you enjoy!
Clean Up Your Oral Care: A healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body. One in two American adults has gingivitis, and many don’t even know it, but this gum issue is not only preventable but reversible. Invest in oral care products like the Crest Pro-Health Clinical Line which help provide advanced protection against the plaque that can cause gingivitis.
Healthy Snacks: It’s always a good idea to carry healthy snacks with you. My go-to healthy snack is nuts. Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats and protein, and are an easy option when you’re traveling. If you are allergic to nuts, there are other great snack options like Greek yogurt with berries, hard boiled eggs or veggies dipped in hummus.
Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to be proactive and check with your health care team about steps you can take to be healthier in 2014. Your health care provider can recommend lifestyle changes to help you address any areas of concern.
The Time Is Now: Chronic illness starts its progression in your younger years. Heart disease can develop before we even realize it. That’s why it is important to start making healthy choices now – like eating whole grains in place of refined carbohydrates – when you’re young. The health decisions you make in your 20’s and 30’s impact your health in your 40’s and well beyond.
Dr. Travis Stork, Host of the Emmy® Award-Winning talk show, The Doctors
Dr. Travis Stork is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and host of the Emmy® award-winning talk show, The Doctors. He is partnering with Crest Pro-Health to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health.
Dr. Stork graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University and earned his M.D. with honors from the University of Virginia. He is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for MDLIVE, a leading telehealth provider of online and on-demand healthcare services.
He is on the Medical Advisory Board for Men’s Health magazine and is The New York Times bestselling author of The Doctor’s Diet, The Lean Belly Prescription, as well as The Doctor Is In: A 7-Step Prescription for Optimal Wellness.