If you’re a parent or you have ageing parents, you may spend most of your time looking out for other people. It’s wonderful to be a generous and caring person, but sometimes, you have to look after number one too. If you’re always running around after others or putting everybody else before yourself, it’s time to pay more attention to your health and wellbeing. Here are some simple ways you can improve your health.
Routine health tests
When was the last time you booked an eye test, a general health check or a dental appointment? If you haven’t been to the dentist for longer than 6 months, you can’t remember the last time you had your eyes checked or it’s been years since you had your blood pressure or BMI measured, it’s time to make some calls. You may feel like you’re fine, but often, symptoms aren’t obvious, and there may be problems that you can’t notice, but a trained professional will detect. If you’ve been having trouble with your vision or you’ve been suffering from headaches when you’re working, ophthalmologists can help. If you’ve put weight on, you’re tired all the time, or you’re prone to stress, your doctor may be able to recommend treatment options or lifestyle changes you can try. If you’ve had a toothache or your gum have been sore, seeing a dentist will reduce the risk of further problems. Not many people like going for health checks, but it’s so important to keep on top of these routine appointments. Prevention is always better than cure, and if there are issues, treating them quickly is usually the best course of action.
A good diet is so important for your general health. The food you eat should provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to work properly. If your diet is lacking in essential vitamins and minerals, this can take its toll on your health and also your energy levels. Try and cook at home when possible, and vary the foods you eat to ensure you get a balance. Keep an eye on how much sugar and salt you consume and try and hit the 5-a-day goal every day. You don’t have to eat individual portions or fruit and vegetables. You can also include homemade smoothies, sauces and soups.
Increasing your activity levels
Did you know that inactivity is even more harmful than obesity? If you don’t move as much as you should, now is the time to try and be more active. You don’t have to embark on an intense training schedule. Start by making simple changes to your everyday lifestyle, such as walking or cycling to work or going for a brisk walk or a jog once a day. Take the stairs and leave the car at home if you’re popping to the store or to see a friend. Try activities like playing tennis or going for a swim, take some exercise classes, join a team or club or look into gym membership.
If you don’t pay that much attention to your health, it’s time to put yourself first, and take some steps to boost your health and wellbeing.
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