The saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” reminds us that taking care of your health should be everyone’s daily routine – not checking your heart when it starts skipping a beat, but checking it while it’s still normal. Just imagine how many sick days could have been avoided if you’ve just taken care of your health in time. The hectic lifestyle shouldn’t be an excuse for failing to do that. After all, nobody is advising you to visit your doctor every day, there are plenty of other options. Here are five ways how to keep an eye on your health on a daily basis.
Pay Attention to How You Feel
Too often we tend to ignore some problems just because they seem irrelevant to our overall health. Although that can be true, it is not necessarily so. Take a moment each day to try to figure out what do you feel and what might be the cause of it. Sore neck? Perhaps you’ve been sleeping in the wrong position. Improve that with the right neck supporting pillow. Joint pain? Perhaps you’ve been putting a lot of strain on a specific joint and you need to give it a rest. Fatigue? This can be caused by a lack of sleep, interrupted sleep patterns, dehydration, etc. If some pain or discomfort is present for more than one day in a week, write that down and consult your doctor during your next health check.
Physical activity is the basis of a healthy life. It is good, not only for your physical, but also for your mental health. This is especially important today when more than 600 million adults are obese. Signing up for a gym membership is always a great idea, but until you get there, you can engage in some moderate activities or team sports. Even going for a walking regularly can help with respiratory, mental and cardiovascular health, and it can also contribute to weight loss efforts.
Keep Your Mind Strong and at Ease
Stress is too often considered a normal, everyday thing. In fact, in some corporate environments, it is even encouraged by imposing various competitions, deadlines and norms. It is crucial not to allow it to pile up and cause a burnout. Instead, find a way to deal with stress on a daily basis. Look for something that will keep you calm and balanced. It can be yoga, meditation, music, socializing, smiling, having fun, or simply taking a couple of deep breaths when you think you’re going to explode.
Take Care of Your Dental Hygiene
There is nothing more attractive than a nice smile. Good dental health goes way beyond aesthetics. It reflects your overall health. Without proper oral hygiene, the bacteria levels can cause gum disease and tooth decay. These can further contribute to various other diseases, such as clogged arteries, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, etc. Don’t worry, brushing, flossing and dentist checkups should keep you safe. Australian men seem to have figured that out since visiting a dentist in Sydney has become just as normal as regular doctor’s appointments.
Don’t Forget Your Biggest Organ
There is nothing wrong in taking care of your heart, liver, kidneys and similar organs, on the contrary. Still, while we dedicate some time and attention to these organs, we often forget the biggest organ of our body – skin. Still, our skin is sometimes plagued with various issues that can be symptoms of some other conditions. For example, excessive sweating can be a sign of a heart disease, obesity, poor physical shape. Although one of the aspects of the problem can be solved by various sweating reduction treatments, if the problem is persistent, you should consult a doctor. Also, having a consistent skincare routine, using quality skincare products and consuming plenty of vitamin E should keep you covered as for the aesthetics.
Good health is a gift we must learn to cherish. If we don’t control it on a daily basis, we’ll end up missing something that could make our life longer and happier.
Peter is a men's grooming and health writer at The Beard Mag & High Style Life magazines, living between UK and Australia. Beside writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Australia too! Follow Peter on Twitter for more men’s grooming tips.