Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Dr Bikash Chowdhury Offers Tips to Improve Your Health Starting Today

If you ask almost anyone if they would like to make improvements to their health or their overall lifestyle in general, you are sure to get a vast majority of enthusiastic responses. However, most people acknowledge a need for improvement in some aspects of their lives. Seeing a need and understanding a clear path necessary to achieve a goal are the two pillars needed for success in any endeavor.

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Big changes require big efforts, and significant efforts can seem overwhelming, especially in the early stages. If you’re serious about change, consider how starting with small, specific steps can lead to significant, dramatic changes down the road. And of course, consider speaking with your physician or designated medical professional to help ensure your safety, health, and well-being.

Dr. Bikash Chowdhury is a specialist in family medicine who is devoted to supporting his patients in their journey towards a healthy lifestyle. Below, Dr. Chowdhury draws upon his wealth of experience as a family physician in Ontario, Canada, to offer his advice and tips to start improving your health today.

1) Make your first step towards your goal very achievable. If you know you should exercise more but can’t possibly imagine where you might find time to join a gym and hire a personal trainer, lower your sights to something you can reasonably do. Get up ten minutes earlier in the morning and go for a walk around your neighborhood. You don’t have to do everything, but you have to do something.

If you want to overhaul your diet but can’t bear the thought of giving up your weekly pizza dinner, look in a different direction. Add a vegetable to your lunch every day or a high fiber cereal to your breakfast menu twice a week. Don’t start out sacrificing what you aren’t willing to sacrifice. Instead, add something beneficial that you have previously overlooked.

2) Consider using the buddy system to inspire your efforts. Challenge a friend or family member to join you in your commitment to better health. Competition can be a great motivator. Keep score to see who continuously takes their walk or eats their extra vegetable. Reward each other weekly with a positive shout out on social media or a trip to the farmer’s market for next week vegetables.

3) Start tracking your everyday diet and activities, not because you’re ready to change everything, but solely for the purpose of being accountable to yourself. Seeing exactly where your time, energy, and nutritional habits lie can be a real eye-opener for the future.

4) Keep that accountability chart handy. As time goes on, you will be able to see where you can easily, and painlessly, take another small step towards those better choices you are so desperate to make. Gradual change is usually a permanent change.

5) Make an appointment with your doctor for a physical. It’s always good to know where you and your healthy body stand. A good doctor can be a trusted ally in your improving health, whether you need to lose a few pounds or address some chronic health concern. A great doctor will be up-to-date on all the latest ways to improve your health. Look for a great doctor.

Be patient with yourself and accept the inevitable setbacks as part of your learning curve. Remember, your goal isn’t perfection; it’s improvement. It’s still okay to have a lazy day or a nutritionally questionable meal. You can always start fresh tomorrow.

About Dr. Bikash Chowdhury:

Dr. Bikash Chowdhury is most passionate about healing people from illness and improving their overall health and wellbeing. He is always focused on helping others, whether it’s his patients, colleagues, or community. Dr. Bikash Chowdhury is involved in volunteer work in the village in Bangladesh where he grew up, an is selflessly working to establish a Bengali school in London, Ontario to help his community next generation not forget their roots.

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