‘To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.’ Buddha
It’s common to suffer from a particular health condition without even knowing it. Even if you’re in great physical shape, it is still important to self-monitor, given many issues have no symptoms.
If you want to age healthily, introduce an annual physical because the last thing any of us want, or need, is for illness rob us of our health.
We’re so lucky these days that technology has come a long way. It can predict whether we’ll have a heart attack within the next five years by keeping tabs on vitals such as cholesterol and blood pressure and, if you 40+ there’s FREE scans for breast and bowel cancer, even osteoporosis.
As a Health Care Ambassador for HealthStorylines, RoamingRAVE has been spruiking the benefits of documenting symptoms once an illness has taken hold but now it is time to broaden that approach, think prevention, to keep your health in check.
It’s time to monitor your health. Ask yourself how you really feel? Are you tired all the time? Stressed out? Suffer from aches and pains. Do you seek out comfort foods? Pop over-the-counter pills? If you answer yes to any or all, it’s time to turn things around.
First set up that annual physical with your GP. Once you’ve got the all clear it may be as simple as making a few dietary changes to improve your lot. Remember nothing changes if nothing changes.
Sure it’s hard to get motivated when you feel beat 24/7 so take it one step at a time. Start swapping out some of those comfort foods for a more balanced diet. It takes less than two minutes to microwave frozen veggies, providing half your daily intake. Throw in a salad at lunch and you’re on your way to achieving a balanced diet.
Next it takes two pieces of fruit, a handful of nuts, and four serves of carbohydrates like breads or crackers. Keep meat down to small portions of 100g or under and a few legumes (four bean mix, or lentils) and you’re done!
Soon adding those greens to your diet will put a spring in your step and you’ll be up to adding exercise to the mix. Think of exercise as just another daily task. Strap on your step counter and see what you get mowing the lawn, or vacuuming the house. Now compare that to walking around the block? Which exercise do you prefer? Walking is great for your heart and connects you to nature in your neighbourhood.
TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE
This month’s HealthStorylines challenge is to make just one healthy change a day. It can be as easy as achieving eating two pieces of fruit a day, or adding extra greens to cutting out something sweet, or two!
You owe it yourself to feel great, If you’d like to join me to inspire others to improve their quality of life through their own data, email email@example.com
Or just check in here, or via RoamingRAVE on Facebook, and join me in a health challenge that’s easy to achieve. It’s never too soon to keep your health in check.
RoamingRAVE, aka Judy Wilkinson, has used the Health Storylines app since being diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumours of the GI tract in 2016. After more than a year documenting her health, she has become a Self-Care Ambassador as part of a pilot to encourage others to track their health. Read her story via Zebra Tales.