We check our cars regularly. We take them into the garage for yearly inspections and services. Some home insurance policies demand that our homes also undergo regular safety checks and you probably get your boiler serviced once a year. But, how often do you give your health the once over?
Most of us only think about our health when we are ill. If there is something wrong, we head to the doctors for a checkup. You might try to make the occasional change to your diet or exercise plan if you aren’t feeling your best. But, how often do you actually take the time to think about every element of your health? Have you ever considered heart health screening tests or other regular tests?
If the answer is never, you aren’t alone. Not many of us give our health much thought when we feel good. Why would we? Well, taking the time to access your health and look at how well you are looking after yourself regularly can help you to spot symptoms before they become concerns. It can help you to identify ways to be healthier, and it could even save or extend your life. Let’s take a look at some things to think about if you are ready to give yourself a good health check.
Can You Run Up the Stairs?
Fitness is a big part of living a healthy lifestyle. Being fit reduces your risk of many health conditions, it helps you to maintain a healthy weight, to get a good night’s sleep and to feel good about yourself.
Being fit and healthy takes more than running up the stairs, but, it’s an excellent way to get a basic idea of your fitness. Can you run up the stairs, or for the bus, without getting out of breath? If not, it’s time to make some changes.
Measure Your Waist
Your waist measurement is thought to be more important than your BMI. Even if your BMI is fine, and your weight is in the healthy range, if you’ve got too much fat around your middle, you are putting your health at risk. Take a tape measure, and wrap it level around your belly button, so it’s snug but not pulling tight. This measurement should be less than half your height, or as a rough guide, less than 35 inches for women and 40 for men.
Do You Fall Asleep on the Sofa?
Do you regularly fall asleep on the sofa in the evenings? Or spend your afternoon yawning. This can be a clue that there’s something wrong, or that you just aren’t looking after yourself properly. Ask yourself what time you go to bed and get up, how well you sleep, how stressed out you feel and how much sugar and caffeine you consume. If there’s no obvious cause for your tiredness, see your doctor.
Checking for lumps and other abnormal bumps and tags should be part of your daily self-care routine. If it’s not, start today.
Of course, nothing compares with a trip to the doctors. So, if at any point you feel like you need more information or advice, or a more in-depth checkup, head straight to your doctor for help.