House Calls

FALL 2016

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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Creatures of Habit Want to get healthy? Tweak your habits, suggests Dr. Ann Kulze – B Y E R I C A R O D E F E R W I N T E R S 18 { fall 2016 } h o u s e c a l l s body and mind But What About Those Bad Habits? While adding healthy habits to your daily routine will improve your well-being, subtracting those that are unhealthy is important, as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the trick to banishing bad habits is to: • Reflect: Think about which day- to-day doings might be holding you back from your health goals, whether it's eating fast food, smoking, or being sedentary. Next, consider why and when these habits occur. • Replace: Studies show that replacing an unhealthy habit (for example, smoking) with another (a deep breathing routine) works better than cutting cold turkey. • Reinforce: When you slip up— and it's bound to happen—take time to consider why, and how you can avoid it going forward. "F or better or worse, our habits make or break our health," says Charleston-based best-selling health and wellness author and motivational speaker Dr. Ann Kulze. Consider, for example, your evening routine. Does it involve a family stroll after supper or Cherry Garcia and Netflix on the couch? "Habits are, by definition, automatic— you do them every day without even thinking about them," says Dr. Kulze. The key, then, to achieving long-term health is to ingrain wholesome habits like choosing nutritious fare and exercising often into your daily routine. Here, she shares easy-to- tackle tips for doing just that. Start small. "One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to take on too much at once," says Dr. Kulze. "It gets overwhelming and they abort it, which diminishes their self-efficacy." She suggests choosing one easy-to-accomplish goal, such as drinking more water or trading out one serving of chips each day for a handful of healthy nuts. Successfully adding one positive habit to your routine will motivate you to establish another. Aim for instant gratification. Lowering your risk of heart disease is a stellar side effect of regular exercise, but a down-the-road benefit of that sort won't get you moving as quickly as a more immediate perk will, says Dr. Kulze. "We have data to prove that even a quick, brisk walk outside can give you more energy, more focus, and more happiness right away," says Dr. Kulze. Be mindful of your motivation. Are you tweaking your habits because you want to look better? Chances are you won't succeed, says Dr. Kulze. Instead, focus on motivators she calls "core values," like your family or faith. Dr. Ann Kulze Tuesday, November 1, 5:30-8 p.m. Join Roper St. Francis and Dr. Ann for an inspiring evening as Dr. Ann distills the key features of healthy living into a program that is simple, fun, delicious, and sustainable. Enjoy wine and healthy hors d'oeuvres while meeting some of our specialists prior to the featured talk. Call (843) 789-1760 to reserve your spot. Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital.

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