Western Connecticut Medical Group Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Sumit Tickoo Offers Tips & Tricks to Staying Fit
Sumit Tickoo, M.D.
Interventional Cardiology, Western Connecticut Medical Group
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Some of the most important health benefits of staying fit and active over time include having more energy and just plain feeling better. "If you haven't started a plan yet to get more active, don't worry. You're not alone," said Dr. Sumit Tickoo, an interventional cardiologist with Western Connecticut Medical Group. "However, you'll be glad to know there are many tips and tricks you can use to help add more activity to your life."
- Stay balanced. Being mentally fit is as important as being physically fit. You need a positive mental attitude towards life and fitness before you can make a change in your health.
- Be active. Try to be physically active on most days for 30 minutes every day. If you cannot do 30 minutes daily, try at least four days a week. Physical activity could be a walk, slow run or any activity that increase your heart rate. Remember, you lose the same amount of calories walking a mile or running a mile. Do the things you enjoy.
- Eat healthy. Eat a well-balanced, low-fat "diet" with fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose a "diet" low in saturated fats, cholesterol, sugar and salt. Don't forget the liquid calories can add up in juices and sodas. Water is your best friend.
- Don't diet. Being healthy and fit cannot be achieved by dieting, it is a change in lifestyle. Commit to a positive attitude towards fitness and healthy eating.
- Be positive. Your fitness history cannot be changed, you must aim to make things better for the future. Start now!
- Safety first. Consult with your physician prior to starting any exercise program.
For more information regarding cardiac programs and services, go to DanburyHeart.org, or to find a cardiologist in your area call 1-800-516-4743.
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