New Year To-Do: Accessing Your Health

The season of good health is upon us. At the beginning of the year, many of us take steps to try and boost our health and well-being. Resolutions can be an excellent source of motivation, but all too often, we lose interest and succumb to temptation.

While you may not be best pleased with yourself for throwing the towel in with your new gym regime or failing to keep your diet doughnut-free for a month, taking an interest in your health is a good start. If you’re keen to make a resolution you can actually stick to, why not make it your mission to start putting your health first? Here are some simple ways you can learn more about your body and improve your health at the same time.

Check your BMI

One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight. There are many reasons why people choose to try and lose weight. Many of us have a weight that makes us feel comfortable and more confident, while some are keen to improve their health and lower the risk of obesity-related complications. If you don’t know whether you’re overweight or not, it’s a good idea to check your BMI, or your body mass index.

This is a figure that is calculated using your weight and your height. If you’re not in the healthy range, making simple changes to your lifestyle can help you to lose weight on a long-term basis. Resist the temptation to crash diet or try a new fad diet and opt for a healthy, balanced meal plan and regular exercise.

Book routine tests and assessments

If you’ve got no idea what your blood pressure is, you can’t remember the last time you had a dental examination, you’re overdue your pap test, or you don’t know whether you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes, it’s time to make some calls. Arrange appointments, keep up to date with routine tests, and consider finding out more about what’s going on in your body.

You could have a preventative low-dose CT scan or a blood test, for example. It’s natural to have reservations and questions like, ‘does a catscan cause cancer?’ There are lots of myths floating around, and your doctor will be able to answer questions and help you make decisions based on research, rather than say-so.

Measure your fitness

If somebody asked you whether you were fit and healthy, what would you say? If you have a very active lifestyle, there’s a good chance that you are as fit as you should be, but if your idea of exercise means moving from your desk to the water cooler, you might find it beneficial to measure your fitness. Not everyone is a machine in the gym, and you don’t need to have rippling muscles to be healthy, but it is useful to see how you measure up.

If your activity levels are low, and you struggle to run for a bus, it’s advisable to try and move more. Walk instead of driving, look into exercise classes or joining a team, or work out in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Tests like the bleep test may not be widely available, but if you’re keen to see how you’re doing, you can organize a session with a personal trainer.

Is it time you took more interest in your health? If your health has been on the backburner, hopefully, this guide will enable you to make positive changes.

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