Keep Things Running Smoothly: Give Your Body an MOT
Many of us sweep bodily health under the carpet. Who can blame us? We have hectic enough lives as it is without worrying constantly about the slightest physical itch or ache. Work, family responsibilities, social upkeep, the list of things to bear in mind is endless. But we should pay more attention to our bodies. They are the things that keep us going, after all. So don’t leave it until you’re sick or injured to get yourself checked over. Give yourself a regular MOT or service. Here are a few things to try out.
So many people take being able to see properly for granted. But sight often slowly deteriorates and chances are the changes will be so gradual that you won’t notice that you have a poorer quality vision until way down the line. Give yourself an annual eye test. The average eye exam is quick and painless. An eye doctor will ask for a brief medical history and examine your ocular health, using different types of light to check out the health of your inner eye. You will then have a visual acuity test: reading from a list of letters from a distance. If you find yourself struggling, the doctor will work out the best prescription for you. It’s as easy as that!
Check your BMI
BMI stands for “body mass index”. It is a technique used by medical professionals to determine your weight in regards to your height. This can help to determine whether you are underweight, ideal weight, overweight or obese. Your weight can have a great effect on your overall health, so it’s important to keep an eye on it. The good news is, you can work out your BMI at home. There are various web calculators to make the process easier. If you end up with results that find you are not an ideal weight, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your GP. They’ll be able to give your more advice for a healthy lifestyle.
Keep an eye on moles
Moles are common, but you should regularly monitor any that you have and keep an eye out for any new ones that might have developed. If you are fair skinned, have a lot of moles, or have a family history of skin conditions, we’d recommend checking about once a month at least. Look at your entire body, from top to bottom. Don’t forget areas like your palms and the soles of your feet. If any catch your attention (for example, change in size, shape or texture), take a picture. Then you can compare how they develop over time. If you have any questions, check up with your health advisor. They’ll be able to put your mind at ease.
Breast self-awareness includes knowing your body. It’s important that you know the regular shape, size and general appearance of your breasts so that you can be aware of any changes that might take place in them over time. Check the health of your breasts monthly: press the tissue with your fingertips, including under your armpits. Call your doctor immediately if you notice any significant changes or bumps.
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