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The United States spends approximately $3 trillion per year on health care, highlighting the growing need for Americans to focus on improving their well-being. While Reno is recognized as one of the fittest cities in the United States, there is a lot of room for improvement for residents who tend to overuse tobacco and face a higher risk of diabetes and influenza. Below are four ways to improve your physical well-being in 2019. Healthy New Year Resolutions

1) Adopt a proactive approach that features exercise

Adopting a proactive approach to your health means doing more than making getting healthy your top New Year's resolution. It means boosting your immune system with vitamins, adopting a healthful diet, and getting plenty of exercise. Fortunately, Reno has plenty to offer in the way of hiking and biking trails. Here are a few of the most popular spots for hiking and biking aficionados:

  • The Tom Cooke Trail
  • Huffaker Park Lookout Trail
  • The Mira Loma Urban Trail

2) Make a commitment to get enough sleep

Research indicates that people who sleep 7-8 hours each night are in better health than people who struggle to get sufficient sleep. Notably, people who get enough sleep on a regular basis exhibit health benefits such as a more desirable body weight, lower rates of depression, and reduced risk of heart disease.

3) Adopt a positive outlook 

"Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health... The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don't despair — you can learn positive thinking skills."

- Mayo Clinic Staff

A 2017 article in the Reno Gazette Journal highlights the importance of adopting a positive attitude in the workplace. With many residents spending 40 hours a week at work, a positive outlook at work can help mitigate workplace pressure. Healthcare professionals with The Mayo Clinic highlight the importance of maintaining a positive outlook on life in general. They point out that positive thinking can help decrease stress, which can produce a host of health benefits.

What is the number one way Reno residents can improve their well-being?

As outlined above, there are many steps you can take to enhance your health in 2019. However, the single best way to improve your well-being is to seek the guidance of a trusted primary care doctor in Reno. The team of professionals with Preferred Family Medicine strives to improve the health of Reno's residents by offering a personalized approach to healthcare. We invite you to contact us today to learn how you can benefit from the personalized healthcare that we deliver. We look forward to helping you improve your health in 2019!