March 22, 2024
Wellness

Proactive Wellness: A Personalized Approach to Healthier Living

Let’s face it; we’re busy. Proactive wellness can feel like another task on the list of things to do. However, a personalized approach to healthier living means your daily routines support your proactive wellness.

Routines are the patterns of behavior we repeat daily to ensure everything gets done. Adapting to a new routine can feel clunky at first, disrupting the familiar order of tasks, but creating space in our days for proactive wellness will give us many more years of health in the future.

Personalized Nutrition for Optimal Health

Even if you do not currently eat the healthiest, you’ve adapted to a way of feeding yourself, suiting your schedule and lifestyle. If you are busy, perhaps you grab food to-go or settle for coffee instead of breakfast. New habits are best adapted over time. Changing one small thing in your nutritional routine can set you up for more success with future—bigger—adjustments.

Understanding Your Body's Needs

Do you have cravings? Are you always hungry at the same time every day? There are tests available to decode your body’s natural cues, like the MicroNutrient test available at Connected Health. Micronutrient tests measure vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites to determine how they affect the cellular function in a person. Noted deficiencies, when corrected, not only slow aging and degenerative disease progression, but it can also prevent as well as repair cellular dysfunction, and by extension, disease.

This information allows you to make informed decisions about how to tailor your diet to your specific health conditions, goals, and preferences.

Meal Planning and Preparation

Personalizing your meals for proactive wellness does not always mean you have to cook all your meals from scratch. Grab-and-go food staples are just as important to the healthiest of people. If you have time to prepare a week of meals, great! If your personalized health journey looks more like airports and hotel rooms, choosing greener/leaner meals might be the change that works best for you.

Today, you can find whole fruits like apples, bananas, and oranges in almost every convenient store. Do you need a heavier option? Grab a sweet treat with protein packed in because they keep you fuller for longer. Being healthier does not require a complete overhaul of your diet. Sometimes, minor changes in your routine are enough to make steady progress.

Make Physical Activity a Joyful Routine

When you already maximize every minute of the day, incorporating exercise to add proactive wellness into your schedule can seem laughable. Changing your perspective of exercise could be the shift you need.

Find What Moves You

Changing your perspective from “the chore of exercise” to “the natural joy of movement” can help you incorporate more calorie burning activities into your day. If you have the choice of an escalator or stationary stairs, pick the stairs once a day. If you have to leave your desk, take the long way to the copier. Adapting your routine to include movement can make proactive wellness fun.

Setting Realistic Fitness Goals

Getting to the gym, working out, and then getting ready for your day is not feasible for every lifestyle. Going from zero to one thousand into a workout routine can quickly become overwhelming. But adding more movement to your day, like a squat behind your desk before walking away, can easily add up to 20 squats a day you weren’t doing otherwise. Personalized approach means it fits into your specific interests, schedule, and ability.

Managing Stress for a Balanced Life

One of the very best things you can do for your health is practice lowering stress in your life. For most, quitting a tough job, removing all social interactions, and locking yourself in a house in the woods full of books is impractical. It’s impossible to avoid all stressful situations and circumstances. Instead, adopting methods of dealing with stress can be as easy as breathing.

Effective Stress Management Techniques

Mantra is a popular buzzword in the wellness community. Using a mantra or a simple phrase you say to yourself when faced with a stressor can remind you to cheer up instead of freaking out. This technique of managing stress is very personalized. It can be funny, snarky, or inspiring. A few examples are:

·     “This is temporary.”

·     “Thank you for this lesson in patience. Now Goodbye.”

·     “Just breathe and move on.”

·     “This is inconvenient, but I can manage.”

·     “I am good enough. I am smart enough. And doggonit, people like me!”

Follow your chosen mantra with a deep breath in and out, and feel your stress reduce dramatically.

The Importance of Leisure and Hobbies

Finally, as often as you can, be yourself. Get back to the things that make you happy. A personalized approach to healthy living means making the healthy changes that work for you (which might not be what’s working great for a personal trainer writing a blog post). Remember, it is not an all-or-nothing process.  

Where to go for a Personalized Approach to Proactive Wellness?

Connected Health is the leading direct primary care provider in all Western Pennsylvania. Traditional primary care fits you into an algorithm of standard treatments and pushes you off on specialists when you exceed your fifteen-minute appointment once a year. The minimal face-to-face time with your PCP is not enough to build a comprehensive health journey tailored to your individual needs.

At Connected Health, you have 24/7 access to your primary care team through our secure web app. Whether you need advice on the ways to reduce stress, or start feeling sick at 7:30pm, our providers genuinely care and want you to be the healthiest version of you.

Risk-Free Consult with a Doctor

Are you ready to take a personalized approach to your proactive wellness? Or do you need more information before starting your journey to prevention rather than reaction? Schedule a free consult with a Connected Health provider today (YES! The actual doctors meet with you). Book an appointment online or call our office at 724-933-4305 today.

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