Before It Gets Worse
More and more doctors are prescribing exercise and healthy eating as a treatment for many conditions. Sometimes it will be recommended to prevent taking a medication, or other times it is to make a medication unnecessary. As we move into the era of being more conscious about our bodies, more professionals are recommending lifestyle changes to increase your health instead of medications. This however, does not mean that you should stop taking all your medications and supplements and replace them with exercise. All medications should be taken as your doctor prescribed.
Some medications have no alternatives. They must be taken routinely and on time, and they will more than likely needed until the condition is cured or for the rest of your life. There are some serious health conditions that are just that serious. Use medication reminders to ensure that you take your current medication regime as ordered.
Other medications are right on the verge. With early type 2 diabetes, early high cholesterol, and many other early stage conditions, a life style change can mean the difference between medications for the rest of your life as the condition progresses from bad habits. Or you can cut out the cholesterol ridden foods or unstable sugar foods, and eat more responsibly. Add in some exercise and you just solved your issue of early stage hypertension, cholesterol, or early type 2 diabetes.
Doctors have shifted the focus of their treatments. Recent years have shown the importance of treating the person and the source of the issue, instead of only treating the symptoms. In some cases like the flu, the only thing you can do is treat the symptoms and ride the virus out, but that is not how most chronic disorders work. COPD and Emphysema can usually be prevented by not inhaling harmful substances and not smoking. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by not eating food that can cause your blood sugar to go haywire. Cholesterol can be prevented by eating foods that are not stuffed with ridiculous amounts of cholesterol.
A fitness plan takes effort. It can take a while to get into the habit of eating healthy and exercising. Reminders are a great way to keep you adherent to a plan. Post health meal ideas in your kitchen to remind you of something healthier when you may not be in the mood to eat healthy. Put reminders on your phone for when you take your medication, to also drink a whole glass of water, exercise, or even a quote that gives you strength to continue on in your fitness plan.
Post your ultimate goal with those reminders so you see it every time to keep you focused. Tell your friends and family your goal so that they will check to see how you are coming along. They will keep you accountable because they want you healthy and happy too. Tell them why you have that goal. More than likely they will be there to help you with a pep talk when you need it.