Prevention Is Better Than Cure When It Comes To Your Health
Can we take a minute to talk about responsibility for our health? At the end of the day, there are plenty of things that we decide relating to our health, such as the foods that we eat and the amount of exercise that we do. There are going to be factors weighing in that do have an impact, such as genetics and conditions that can’t be controlled in other ways. But on the whole, we can be our own best advocate and health advisor, but changing what we do, what we eat, and how active we are. Does that make sense to you?
While we do have health services that can help us when there are issues, we could all be saving a lot of money if we took steps to improve our own health and that of our family. Prevention really is going to be better than cure, in several ways. So here are a few suggestions to help you to be more proactive in your health and to make the changes that you need to.
It may seem a little dramatic in some instances, but there are plenty of health screenings and tests that you can have if you want to be proactive about your health, rather than reactive. You can have genetic testing for cancer, for example, that could lead you to a mastectomy, for instance. So if you have concerns or want to have certain things checked, then speak to your doctor about genetic testing or health screenings.
You don’t have to go out and sign up for a marathon in order to do more about your health. You simply just need to move more than you currently are. If you drive the kids to school, could you actually walk? Could you walk the dog for twenty minutes more each day? Could you take stairs and get off the bus one stop early? Small and simple things that become habits are going to have an impact on your health.
Quit Bad Habits
If you are a smoker or have another addictive habit, then the best thing to do is to stop. In many cases, stopping cold turkey won’t be an option. But there are many other ways to deal with addiction and improve your health overall (take something like vaping, for example). So look at what you could be doing less of, or need to quit full stop.
Eat a Rainbow
The more colorful our plate of food is, the more nutritious it is going to be for us. A plate full of beige (think chicken nuggets and fries), isn’t going to have much nutritional value. But a plate full of color, like green beans, beetroot, peppers, and corn, can give us much more nutritional value, as well as fewer calories.
Is there anything else that you would add to the list to be more proactive about your health? It would be good to hear what you think about it all.