During the past year, you've probably gotten used to social distancing, wearing masks and staying inside more than ever before. But with a more normal life on the horizon, it’s time to consider the habits you’ve developed over the past year — and which need to be traded out for healthier options.
Embrace getting back into healthier habits this summer with these easy tips:
- Get a check-up. When was the last time you got a physical from your doctor or had a check-up with your dentist? Due to the pandemic, this might not have been on your radar, but now’s the time to make appointments and catch up on important health screenings and preventative or routine care you may have missed.
- Cut the screen time. When the pandemic started, online usage jumped by 18%. With computers, televisions and smartphones, our lives have been filled with screens — many of which have helped us get through the pandemic. But now’s the time to take a hard look at your screen time and think about cutting back.
- Cut back on treats and unhealthy comfort food. Throughout the pandemic we’ve all probably indulged more than usual. Comfort foods, treats and baked goods have been pandemic-diet staples, leading to what’s been known as the “pandemic-15” weight gain for many of us. Look for ways to lighten up some of those dishes and consider cutting back on treats.
- Eat fresh foods. At the height of the pandemic, ordering food right to your door was a common practice — and still is, for many. Try limiting your take-out orders in favor of cooking at home and try to choose healthy, fresh meals when you do choose to eat out. It will be good for your wallet in addition to your health!
- Go outside. After more than a year of being stuck inside, take advantage of the summer weather by going hiking, camping, swimming or simply walking around a local park. Socialize safely. Fully vaccinated individuals can now meet together indoors without masks or social distancing. As you feel comfortable (and being respectful of those around you who may be vulnerable or at high risk for COVID), start getting together with friends and loved ones outside of the house.
As more vaccines are administered throughout California and the rest of the country, prioritize your overall health by easing back into healthy habits. Ready to get started? If you haven’t had a check-up in the past year, schedule an appointment with your doctor today.
This article first appeared in the June 2021 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.