Ask Away Blog: Ways you can Develop a Proactive Approach to Your Health

Ways you can Develop a Proactive Approach to Your Health

Thursday, November 25, 2021

 

A lot of people do not adjust their lifestyle choices until something goes wrong with their health. In some cases, if they are lucky, they may be able to reverse the damage, in others, they may have to get used to a new normal. If you are healthy but do not take care of your health, it is like you are attached to a ticking time bomb. You cannot expect your body to continue working to its optimum if you abuse it every day and take it for granted. As you age, it becomes more necessary to take care of yourself as you are no longer as robust as you once were. That means developing healthier lifestyle choices and taking a proactive approach to your health is essential to living as illness-free a life as possible.

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Avoid Denial

When something does go wrong with someone’s health, there are usually some warning signs. They may range from subtle to not so subtle in nature, and you should never underestimate someone’s ability for denial. If you have a persistent ache for a while, then instead of ignoring it and hoping it will go away on its own, you need to accept it and get proactive. Making an appointment with your healthcare provider is the first obvious step. Additionally, you can learn how to manage it yourself, such as [applying kt tape] for sciatica pain. Acknowledging that you have a problem is the first step to remedying it, and the sooner you accept this, the more chance you have at fixing it.

Reduce Stress

Many of us live very stressful lives. This can be due to a demanding job, family responsibilities, and many other things, and stress can have a remarkably negative effect on our health in so many areas. If you can, you need to lower the number of things that you are involved in to free yourself up and give you time to relax and unwind at home with your family. To do this, all you need is a simple strategy; it is the ability to say ‘No’. This may sound very simple, but for people who are in the habit of being pleasers, it can be extremely difficult to do. However, if you want less stress, which will improve your relationships and make you healthier, then you must start saying it.

Improve your Diet

You don’t have to completely deny yourself all the things you love, but you need to make healthier choices outweigh the unhealthy ones by a large margin. One of the best ways to improve your diet is to get rid of a lot of unhealthy foods in your house. If there is no temptation in the house, then you cannot just have that chocolate bar, cake, or glass of coke. Then go to the supermarket and fill up with healthy options. A lot of fruit and veg is always key. Maybe you should look for recipes that you would love to make too. At first, it will be difficult, but it will become easier as the new healthy eating regime becomes a habit over time. You may even be able to improve it further in the future too.

Drink More Water

Water is one of the cheapest, easiest, and most effective ways to improve your overall health. Did you know that as many as 75% of Americans are dehydrated? That means there is scope for all these people to improve their health more or less overnight. Water can do so many beneficial things to your body like help you lose weight, clear your skin up, reduce headaches, give you more energy, lubricate your joints easing things like arthritis. They also hydrate your organs, meaning that they are working more efficiently and less likely to fail. All you need to do is increase your daily water intake up to around eight glasses a day.

Exercise

Exercise is a key way to be proactive about your health. Exercise does not just offer a physical health benefit, but it also helps with your mental health too. It is a natural mood lifter and removes cortisol, the stress hormone, from the body. It will give you more energy and it will also make you look and feel better too. This, combined with a healthy diet, and drinking more water, will definitely help you lose those inches around your waist and tone up. If you haven’t exercised for a while, maybe it is wise to discuss your options with a health professional, just in case you need to be a little vigilant.


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