5 ways to live a healthier lifestyle

November 24th, 2017

Maybe you think you know all the ways to live a healthier lifestyle. You take the stairs instead of the elevator, skip desserts and go to the doctor when you are sick.

Dr. Megan Traxinger
Dr. Megan Traxinger

But we can all do better, said Dr. Megan Traxinger, a primary care physician specializing in family medicine, based at the UCHealth Steele Street Medical Center in the heart of Cherry Creek.

Here are five ways to live a healthier lifestyle:

1.  Diet.

Eat plenty of fresh, non-processed foods, drink 64 ounces of water every day, and limit caffeine and alcohol intake.

2.  Exercise.

Get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity weekly, or 30 minutes most days. Also get two-to-three 20-30 minute sessions of strength-training per week, focusing on major muscle groups.

3.  Sleep.

Try to get 7-8 hours every night and try to keep a regular sleep-wake cycle – go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

4.  Socialization.

It reduces stress and anxiety and improves mental functioning – and that helps guard against depression, heart disease and dementia.

5.  Have a primary care physician.

Annual visits are important for all ages because they are intended to detect disease early, before it leads to serious consequences.

“These are really the basics, the foundation for good health,” she said.

About the author

Linda DuVal is a freelance writer based in Colorado Springs who writes articles for UCHealth.