How Do You Measure Your Health?
How do you measure your health? A lot of people will answer this question with fitness based answers, resting heart rates, and how long it’s been since they were struck down with an illness. All factors underneath the umbrella of health, however, there are other big subheadings not including how far a person can run and what jean size you are. The truth is, there is no real way of measuring your overall health – but there are ways of checking up on it. Take a look below to see what you can do to ensure you are at your healthiest for the upcoming New Year.
Physical health covers everything from what food and drink you put into your body, your smoking habits (if any), how much exercise you do, and your immune system. Yes, it’s very beneficial for your body if you are in the gym five times a week – but if you smoke a packet of cigarettes a day and only eat fast food, you still won’t be doing yourself any good. Just looking in the mirror can be deceiving also. A size 0 woman who doesn’t exercise is just as unhealthy as a size 16 woman who doesn’t. It’s about taking care of your cardiovascular system as well as maintaining a healthy BMI. Even if you are at your personal opinion of a perfect weight, and love your body – you should show your body that you love it by exercising.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to all senses, but sight and hearing are extremely important to keep an eye on (no pun intended). To a certain extent, dentistry will fall under the umbrella of sensory health as well. It is recommended that you have your hearing tested every three years, as it is difficult to catch a problem due to there being no symptoms of minor hearing loss. However, catching it early could be the difference between minor and major. It can be quite nerve-racking going for a test, but thanks to science we now have some of the best hearing aids that have ever been made available to us. It is also recommended that you get your eyes tested every year – not just to check you have 20-20 vision, but also due to the fact that an eye test can also pick up on early signs of diabetes. You should also get your teeth checked and cleaned every six months at the dentist – they are the only adult pair you’ll have, so be sure to take care of them.
Bad mental health can sneak up on a person when they are least expecting it, and it is crucial to know the warning signs – not just for yourself but for your friends, family, and colleagues. Knowing the signs could genuinely save someone’s life someday. Any significant change in behaviour or eating habits/sleeping habits, if they lose touch with their loved ones or have stopped taking care of themselves could mean they are suffering from ill mental health, and may need help or just someone to talk to.
Hopefully, this has given you an idea of how you can check up on your health, and hopefully you have a few important dates for your new diary already.
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