How Health-Conscious Are You?
If somebody asked you if you were health-conscious, what would you say? Many of us think that we prioritize our health, but if you examined your lifestyle and your schedule in more detail, you may be surprised. Sometimes, we think we pay a lot more attention to our health than we do. If you want to be healthier, here are some questions to answer.
When was the last time you had a health check?
Sometimes, it’s very obvious when things aren’t quite right. You may get a shooting pain if you’ve pulled a muscle or you may vomit countless times if you’ve got a tummy bug. The trouble is that many illnesses and conditions don’t present obvious symptoms. This is why routine checks are so important. If you’re not making use of health services in your local area, now is the time to start.
You don’t need to go to the doctor every week to be health-conscious, but it’s beneficial to have your blood pressure and your BMI checked once a year and to take advantage of other services that may be useful for you. If you’re a smoker, for example, you could look into community support groups, or you may find it helpful to attend a stress management clinic if you’re prone to stress. It’s also important to see your dentist and optometrist on a regular basis. Underlying issues may not cause you any noticeable problems, and the sooner they are detected and treated, the better.
How active are you?
Take an average day. How do you spend your time and how much exercise do you do? You don’t have to go to the gym or jog for miles to hit targets, but it is important to avoid inactivity. Walking to work, climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator and making time for a tennis lesson, a trip to the pool or a home workout a few times a week will make all the difference to your health-conscious lifestyle.
Experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise per week. If you spend all your time at a desk or you’re guilty of winding down in front of the TV every night, it’s time to make some simple changes. Inactivity puts you at risk of heart attacks, strokes, and type 2 diabetes. Exercise is also a natural therapy for stress and a proven mood-booster.
How much sleep do you get?
Most people understand the importance of eating well and avoiding drinking and smoking, but are you aware of the impact sleepless nights can have on your health? If you don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis, this can elevate your risk of depression and stress and make you susceptible to physiological illnesses. If you have trouble sleeping, try and increase the amount of exercise you do, change your sleeping environment and get into a bedtime routine. If these changes don’t work, see your doctor.
Many of us think that we put our health first and are helath-conscious, but in reality, our hectic lifestyles often get in the way, and we make excuses that can have an adverse effect on our health. If you’re eager to make positive changes, ask yourself these questions, and start making your health your priority now.