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OrthoArizona has 70 premier musculoskeletal specialists. The orthopedic surgeons and primary care physicians specialize in all areas of orthopedic care including sports, medicine, spine, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, hip and knee, foot and ankle, podiatry, trauma, industrial injuries and workers’ compensation.

Staying Healthy in 2021

2020 was a year nobody will ever forget. Chances are it changed your life more than one way. Now that we are into 2021, a big portion of adults in America is ready for a change by taking 2021 head-on and moving on from the past.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us were forced to adjust how we live life, and that may have had a negative impact on our physical and mental health. There are a few steps you can start taking today to get you to a healthier version of yourself in 2021.

Visit the doctor

Countless Americans had some kind of restriction with getting the proper medical care that is needed for us to live healthy lives. This is the time now to be aggressive and see a medical professional about any kind of issue you have had to deal with over the last year. That surgery you have been putting off needs to be at the front of your to-do list.

Serious injuries that require surgery don’t just go away and can become much worse as time goes on with no attention. If you have not had a checkup within the past year, make scheduling that annual physical a top priority.

Exercise

Regular exercise has countless benefits that will improve your quality of life. By just making a short part of your daily schedule devoted to doing any kind of physical activity, you are boosting cardiovascular health, fighting inflammation and disease, and improving muscular function throughout your body, and that is just the physical side of things.

Studies have shown that regular physical activity can relieve stress from everyday life, fight depression, and improve your basic cognitive function. The goal is to get about 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week, which comes out to about 20 minutes a week. 20 minutes of your day to become a better you seem like a good trade!

Nutrition is Key

Being physically active is a big step, but nutrition can be an even bigger one in the long road. You need to be actively making it a priority to seek out enough fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein to live a healthier lifestyle. It is recommended that you always strive to take in most of your daily protein in the morning at the start of the day, as this will keep your blood sugar more regulated throughout the day, giving you enough energy to do daily tasks.

If you incorporate meat into your diet, make sure to consume it in moderation. Studies show that by reducing your meat consumption, your cholesterol levels will drop, which will dramatically decrease your risk of diseases, heart attack, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

Catch your Z’s

Sleep is the most important part of having a healthier life. You can’t have just the exercise and eating right be the cure-all for life. Without a regular sleep schedule, you are hindering your body’s ability to recover and get ready for the following day. Lack of sleep has been known to lower your immune system, which opens you up to sickness. In a year where COVID-19 is still a factor, it wouldn’t hurt to make this a priority to a healthier life. It is recommended you try to get 8 hours of sleep a night to promote a healthy lifestyle.

When you know it is time for bed, do your best to limit the distractions pulling you in different ways. Turn off the TV, silence the phone, and allow the body to recover and build itself up for a healthier you tomorrow.

Speak with an Orthopedic Specialist Today

Are you suffering from a recent injury? Make an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists today to start your healing journey. OrthoArizona has nearly two dozen offices throughout the Valley, each focused on quality care, compassion, and excellent customer service. Since 1994, OrthoArizona has been dedicated to compassionate care of the highest quality.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational, medical material.

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