Whether or not you made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy, being on top of your body’s health should always be a priority. After celebrating the holidays with more food and less time at the gym, the beginning of the year is a great time to get back into your workout rhythm and make a commitment to be healthier this year.
Aside from regular diet and exercise, there are a lot of different things you can do to be aware of your health and take action to prevent illness and injury. Here are a few simple tips that make it easy to understand how your body is feeling all year long.
Schedule Regular Doctor Visits
The simplest way to stay on top of your health is to schedule regular visits with your doctor or doctors. Whether it is the dentist, dermatologist, general practitioner, or even therapist, maintaining a regular schedule with your doctor helps you know where you stand on health concerns.
Don’t Ignore Warning Signs
If you feel a new pain somewhere, start coughing more, or notice an abnormally-shaped mole, tell your doctor. By ignoring these subtle changes in your body, you could put yourself at risk of developing something worse. The earlier you voice your concerns, the more likely and earlier your doctor will be able to catch anything harmful.
Keep Track of Your Body
Be aware of how your body functions. Notice if you suddenly become tired at times you used to be awake, if your body seems out of whack, or anything that is different from the way your body typically acts. These small changes can be a signal for anything, and your doctor can help you find out what is going on with you. Keeping a health journal is a great way to know what is and isn’t working properly.
Another simple way to stay on top of your health is to give blood. As part of our Wellness Program, we provide you with vital health information at each blood donation including cholesterol levels, hemoglobin levels, and blood pressure.
Regular Diet and Exercise
Healthy habits like regular exercise and eating right can do a lot to help you maintain a happy and healthy body. Try to work out for at least 30 minutes a day at least three times a week to keep your muscles in top shape. As far as diet goes, don’t think you need to jump on the latest fad diet. Instead, talk to your doctor or a nutritionist to determine what nutrients your body needs and what foods you may need to cut out or eat more of.
If you are worried about something, want to know your risks for something, or just have general health questions; don’t be afraid to ask your doctor. There is nothing your doctor hasn’t heard before, and helping you stay healthy is their job. The more you talk to them and ask questions, the better they can help you.
Doing a few small things to stay on top of your health is easy and can make all the difference in how you spend 2016!