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Healthy Living: Steering The Path To A Healthier Version Of You And I || Eniola Afolabi-Obe

Greetings, dear readers! A warm welcome to the first edition of “Healthy Living,” your reliable source of information on both relatable and practical tips on embracing a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

Life in the 21st Century is marked by rapid changes and advancements; it’s easy to get swept away by the currents of fast-paced living. However, amidst the chaos, it’s quite important to achieve a balance by prioritizing self-care and well-being.

Should healthy living be by choice or coercion? I will rather tow the path of choice…The path of healthy living is in no way different from our day to day decisions. Intentionality is the key word and should not be downplayed.

Fortunately, it is that time of the year, when we tick the boxes on a row to guide us as the year rolls by. Health among other things can be considered a measure of living. Would you rather put premium on it or let it take the back stage?

In this column, let us come on board together, as we explore the exciting “pillars” of Lifestyle Medicine ranging from increased physical activity, proper nutrition, weight management, avoidance of tobacco products, and sleep and stress reduction, which all significantly impact both quality of life and likelihood of developing disease.

“Healthy Living” provides the platform for health coaching through the stages of cultivating and sustaining these habits that lead to a more balanced and vibrant life.

As we delve into various topics, expect to find expert advice from an overwhelming body of scientific and medical literature that supports the concept that daily habits and actions exert an enormous impact on short- and long-term health and quality of life.

Knowing well that the journey to wellness is unique for each individual and our goal is to offer insights that empower you to make informed choices tailored to your needs.

In the coming weeks, we’ll discuss everything from consumption of predominantly “Whole food plant based diet” in significantly impacting health, to the benefits of regular recurring physical activity. We’ll also explore mental wellbeing, effective stress management strategies, and ways to foster positive healthy relationships and emotional wellbeing.

The “Healthy Living” column focuses on sharing information and as well building a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to embracing a healthier lifestyle and encouraging others as well. The journey towards optimal health, wellness and happiness is an exciting one which is worth committing to.

So, are you a health enthusiast or just curious to explore the world of well-being, then I will say let us navigate the path to a healthier you together, let’s make those small, sustainable changes that lead to an improved quality of our lives overall.

Here’s to embracing a healthier, happier you. Cheers to healthy living in 2024 and always

DR ENIOLA AFOLABI-OBE is a consultant Family Physician/Lifestyle Medicine Physician at the Lagos State university Teaching Hospital Ikeja.

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