Strong & Healthy
Canadians have been doing relatively well with managing the transmission of COVID-19. We must continue to be vigilant with our pandemic best practices. You should also ensure that you’re as strong and healthy as you can be. Being strong and healthy means your immune system can function optimally.
Here are some keys to good health that will help you stay strong & healthy.
Get physical. Set a goal of doing something physical each day for a minimum of 30 minutes. Go for a jog, walk, or even just get outdoors and do some yard work.
Less sugar, more water. Overall just try to eat a more balanced diet. Try to get more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and stay hydrated. The Mayo Clinic recommends about 3.7 liters of fluids for men, and about 2.7 liters a day for women. Avoid sugary drinks.
Get enough sleep. Sleep is a must for good health. Chronic sleep deprivation increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and many other illnesses. Suggestion: try slipping into bed 15 minutes earlier for a week and see how that feels.
Consume less alcohol. Consuming alcohol has been clearly linked to serious health issues such as higher risk of cancer and liver disease. Limit exposure to the sun. This is especially important during mid-day when the sun's harmful rays are strongest. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a broad-spectrum coverage with an SPF of at least 30. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply every two hours — more often if you're swimming or sweating.
Stay strong and healthy and you will be better for it. You will experience an increased vitality and enjoy more of your day-to-day.