How are you feeling today? Do you have any aches or pains, feel run down, stressed out? If so, it’s time to make some changes. For most people, poor health is a result of bad habits. Of course, you all know the importance of eating healthy and having regular checkups, but what about these other areas that can affect your health? Read on for seven essential tips to keep yourself in good shape physically and mentally.
Go for Regular Checkups
Regular checkups entail seeing a doctor and getting the necessary tests to detect any emerging health issues. You can then take measures regarding your current health status and start addressing them as soon as possible. If you find yourself not doing well in taking care of your body, you should go for checkups once every six months so they do not turn into more serious concerns down the line. Asking questions during your appointment is also encouraged as it will give your doctor a chance to provide you with better follow-up and care.
The following are examples of questions you can ask:
- Is Huntington’s disease a disability?
- What is your policy on genetic testing?
- Can I see a copy of my test results?
When it comes to eating, there are plenty of misconceptions out there. For example, one popular belief is that to be healthy. One must exist on salads and other leafy greens. While these items are part of a balanced diet, they are not the only things you can and should eat. Loading up on fruits and vegetables alone will likely leave you feeling unsatisfied and deprived. The key to being healthy in your diet is being mindful of everything you eat and making sure that you get a variety in terms of texture, taste, and color.
In the modern-day age where technology dominates nearly all aspects of our lives, from communication to entertainment, including work, it’s easy for people to become passive by nature. This can be highly detrimental when it comes to health as lack thereof contributes significantly towards causing weight gain and other problems such as diabetes.
So even if you have an active job or lifestyle already that keeps you on your feet most days out of the week, adding a form of exercise into the mix will only help boost its short-term and long-term benefits even further. If possible, going out more often instead of staying cooped up at home will also help improve your health.
Getting adequate sleep has been linked with better overall physical and emotional health, improved cognitive function, reduced stress levels, and even a longer lifespan, to name a few benefits. However, sleeping for the recommended seven to eight hours can be difficult for some people, especially if they have trouble winding down or falling asleep quickly.
In this case, it might be helpful to establish a bedtime routine that includes winding down for 30 minutes before sleep and avoiding screens such as televisions, laptops, and cell phones.
Developing the healthy habits mentioned above can help you maintain good health and ward off diseases. While some of these habits are easier to practice than others, they should become routine for the best results. If you know anyone with trouble maintaining a healthy lifestyle, share this article with them because it might inspire a better life.