The holidays have come and gone,the coronavirus is still here, and it’s time to work on our health and fitness goals for 2021.Plus, there is no better time than Spring to be socially distanced outdoors in Florida.
- Stay the course – Keep doing all the good things you’ve been doing. It’s exhausting for sure. But if you’ve been wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, social distancing, keep doing those things to prevent yourself and family members from getting COVID-19. Please also consider getting the COVID vaccine when it’s available for you.
- Up your exercise if possible – For those uncomfortable returning to the gym, there are plenty of Zoom classes, apps, and other ways to get your steps in. Exercise outdoors, even if it’s just a daily 20- to 30-minute walk. If asthma or allergies limit your ability to exercise, see your allergist to discuss a possible adjustment to your medication routine. We can make it better using the least number of medications possible.
- Be smoke-free – We all know smoking is bad for you. But did you know studies have shown children with asthma who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home have nearly double the risk of being hospitalized than children with asthma who aren’t exposed. Even if you are just contemplating quitting, we will cheer you on and help.
- Add some healthy eats – Now’s the time to recommit to healthy eating. Please do not get pulled into “food intolerance testing” or other costly pseudo-scientific food allergy tests. We can help guide you with evidence-based science.
- See an allergist – If you think it’s possible you’ve developed asthma, seasonal allergies or food allergies in the past year, this is the perfect time to see an allergist and learn more about how to feel better. Allergists’ offices are open, and an allergist can diagnose and treat your symptoms, as well as create a plan for avoiding triggers. This year, let an allergist help you lead the life you want.