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RFYL Weekly: How to stay healthy

Covid-19 is still a threat to most New Yorkers! All participants are required to follow the Odyssey House and CDC guidelines to effectively reduce all possibilities of catching and spreading the virus.

This Saturday, May 8, 2021, the team will meet at our regular meeting location on the 72nd Street Transverse (near the Bandshell) in Central Park. The warm-up routine will commence at 9 am. Shortly after, we will begin our base pace training run around the lower loop. The team goal is to complete a minimum of 4 loops. The weather forecast reports temperatures in the upper 40s – mid 50s range with a 70% chance of light rain; dress accordingly.

Checklist for Staying Healthy

You hear lots of advice from many sources about what it takes to live well and keep your body in good working order. Sorting out what that means for you could seem like an overwhelming task. Let’s break it down into simple, easy-to-remember ways for adults to stay on a healthy path. Below are 5/15 steps recommended by

1. Become a flexitarian.

Numerous studies have shown that a plant-based diet is healthiest, but you can still get many of the benefits even if you don’t go full-on vegetarian. Following a semi-vegetarian diet that includes fewer animal products but doesn’t completely cut them out may help you keep your weight in check as well as lower your chances of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease.

2. Less sugar, more water.

It’s a good idea to avoid added sugar in whatever you eat, yet soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks may be a bigger source than you realize. Some studies show that just a soft drink or two a day makes you 26% more likely to get type 2 diabetes. Sugary drinks have also been tied to heart attacks, gout, and obesity. Stay hydrated with water or, if you miss the fizz and taste, naturally flavored seltzer.

3. Get enough rest.

Sleep is often low on the list in our nonstop society, but it’s a must for good health. Chronic sleep deprivation raises the odds for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and many other sicknesses. Getting your ZZZs also helps keep you safe: Driving while sleepy is just as bad as driving drunk. If you don’t usually wake up feeling refreshed, try slipping into bed 15 minutes earlier every week until you do.

4. Tame your stress.

Everyone has stress; it’s how you react to it that matters. When you often explode in anger, get stomachaches because you’re nervous, or have trouble sleeping because you’re anxious, it’s time to make a change. Find a way to blow off steam, whether that’s through exercise, meditation, or laughing with good friends. Still feeling overwhelmed? Make an appointment with a counselor or other mental health professional.

5. Steer clear of smoke.

Smoking doesn’t just hurt your lungs. It harms almost every organ in your body, making you a more likely target for cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses. Secondhand smoke is dangerous, too, and there’s no amount that’s “safe.” If you live with a smoker, support them in quitting or at least ask them to take it outside.

Source: 14 Ways to Stay Healthy: Checklist With Pictures (

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