A New You For 2015?
The new year is upon us and with that often comes a longing to improve our health. These days there are an array of products and services wooing us to "detox", give up this or that habit, and promise transformation to a healthier, happier you. As you embrace the new year, I encourage you to talk to your health care team, and see if there is any way they can help support you to achieve your goals. Some topics to consider asking your health care team could be:
- How can I start an exercise regime? If you are new to exercise or want to start a new regime, telling your health care team is a great place to start. They can make sure you are fit for the exercise you have in mind, as well as possibly refer you to community organizations that may help you meet your goals. Some people require being screened with a treadmill stress-test, such as those with a pre-existing chronic disease (eg. heart disease or diabetes) prior to starting an exercise regime.
- How can I eat healthier? You may benefit from talking with the Registered Nurse or Dietitian to help you with your food related health goals.
- How can I take care of my emotional well-being? Emotional health is just as important as physical well-being. Make sure you bring this up if there is any way your health team can help support a positive emotional well-being.
The best thing to do is make sure your team is aware of your particular goals so they can help you achieve your goals for 2015 and beyond. Here's to a safe, happy, and healthy 2015!
Melanie Snider, Nurse Practitioner at South Shore Medical Clinic in Brooks, AB.