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The Healthy Habits of Dr. Felix Torres

8/10/2012


Dr. Felix Torres of North Oaks Primary Care Clinic in Livingston has found a way to stay in shape—even after suffering a knee injury that developed into painful arthritis.

He simply does what he can. Since his injury, Dr. Torres has found riding a bike difficult and running uncomfortable; however, long walks several times a week keep him healthy and motivated. “I am a distance walker,” he explains. “But if walking for 30 or 45 minutes is not an option for you, try walking 10 minutes 3 or 4 times per day. It’s just as effective.”

Dr. Torres also shares that if pain is an obstacle to exercise, supports and braces can be used to stabilize joints and make physical activity possible. Knee braces, ankle supports or even elbow and wrist braces may help. “Walking on elliptical exercise machines or swimming also are options,” he continues. “Not everyone may have access to these forms of exercise, but everyone should find a way to exercise—even if it’s through a hobby.”

Dr. Torres has 22 years of experience in Internal Medicine and specializes in primary health care for adults. He is known for exceeding patient expectations and excels at complex cases. To get help in developing your own personal wellness strategies, make an appointment with Dr. Torres by calling North Oaks Primary Care Clinic—Livingston at (225) 686-4930 today!

Dr. Torres shares his top three personal strategies to help inspire your wellness goals.

Exercise.
A vigorous work out will help your heart pump better and make you feel and look better. If you suffer from knee or back pain, three brisk 10-minute walks are just as effective as a longer workout.

Refuel with Snacks.
Low-fat milk products, graham crackers, apples or celery sticks with peanut butter or raisins are a few healthy choices.

Balance work, home and play.
Take time to relax and get 7-9 hours of sleep at night.

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