Now that the holidays have come and gone it is time to uphold those new year’s resolutions that we have so carefully crafted at the end of 2018. We hope that at least one of those on the list included taking better care of your health. Between our work and family life along with all the stress in between, our health often takes a back seat to everything else that we are currently focused on. This is why it should be the most important resolution of them all. And this article is here to help you find the best ways to go about putting your health first and maintaining it over the course of this year. So let’s start!
Keep up with regular check-ups
We tend to pay a visit to our doctor only when we are already sick or in pain, but it is much more important to prevent than to treat. This is where regular visits to your physician can make a big difference. Make sure you have at least two yearly appointments already scheduled. Just to go over the basics, from bloodwork to MRI, and other relevant tests. Of course, the type of tests depend on your age, but in today’s day and age it is important to do them even in your twenties, youth is no longer a guarantee of immaculate health. The fact of the matter is that finding problems early, increases your chances of effective treatment.
Don’t ignore certain symptoms
This is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Saying ‘Oh it is just a headache’, ‘it’ll go away’, after it keeps on coming back is definitely not prudent, and the same goes for that pesky neck pain that keeps on occurring. And simply googling the symptoms is never enough, you could end up going down a rabbit hole that might lead to a lot of undesired stress. This is why instead of looking for quick fixes, you should start looking for experts who can help you get to the bottom of the issue. So if we return to that neck pain we have been talking about, why not consult an expert in the field, someone like the renowned Timothy Steel, who will be able to provide you with a consult and a course of action not just to relieve the symptoms but to actually fix the main issue causing them. This goes for all other aches and pains you are experiencing, don’t dismiss what your body is telling you, listen to it and find the best expert to help you deal with the health issue at hand.
Review your nutrition and exercise regimen
We might think that we are doing everything we can to stay healthy, but it is prudent to stop and check if it is really so. Even the best of intentions can get lost in the day-to-day busy schedules. So you start off with preparing healthy meals, minding your sugar and salt intake and even staying away from the junk food. But as the year progresses, usually due to lack of time most of us start replacing a meal or two with a not so healthy option that is faster and doesn’t require a lot of prep. And then soo you are eating more junk food than you ever anticipated, and at this same time justifying it with lack of time and daily obligations. So in order to avoid such straying from the health path, we need to stop and do a review of what our meals are like. Repeating this every few months will ensure that you stay in good health throughout the entire year and not just during the first few months.
The same principle applies to exercising. As our initial enthusiasm starts to fade, we soon start skipping a gym appointment or two, and always with a so-called ‘valid excuse’. So when you had more skipped gym time than executed it is time to rethink your schedule and ensure you get back on track. Otherwise, your health will suffer, and you won’t be able to perform as well in other vital areas of your daily life.
So don’t forget to make your health your top priority this year. We often take it for granted, and only when it starts deteriorating do we realize that nothing else can be done without it. Our health is the key to doing well in life both at home and at work, so it should at all times be the one thing we take the most care of.