Three steps towards better health

*contributed collaborative post

Health treatments are a continuously evolving machine. What we don’t see as patients, is the work that is going on behind the scenes to make products that are designed to help us; ranging from creams treating excessive facial hair in women to new immune system supplements.

They are also regularly coming up with new ways of helping our health through diet and exercise. So the very least we should be taking the time to look after ourselves while the experts do their best to support us as well.




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Visit Medical Professionals

One of the most important things that we can all do is to make sure we are making regular visits to medical professionals to keep our health in tip-top shape. You shouldn’t wait until you have a grave concern about something like a mole or a pain in your leg, no instead you should get to the doctor as soon as possible to get treated early. The internet is littered with stories of people who got checked out early and as a result, had a big win in the health column.

Something that you could also consider is getting yourself a regular full-body health check-up. This especially applies to people between 40 and 74 because the NHS invites you every five years for a thorough examination. None of us like to admit it, but as we age our bodies change and there will be things going on beneath the surface that we simply won’t be aware of. Make sure you are making the most of these regular meetings with your doctor and keep your health strong for longer.

Regular check-ups are important not just for visits to your GP but for more specialist visits. Your dentist will want to see you every six months to give you a once over. That is a recommendation based on extensive research into teeth and is worth bearing in mind. The same applies to listening to your optician for how frequently they want to see you. Your eyes and teeth are two parts of the body that deteriorate with age, so just because you were once blessed with 20/20 vision, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting an eye test frequently as you get older.

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Exercise

Looking after your health is much more than paying a visit to the doctor every so often. Your body is a machine that needs constant work and being active is one of the ways that you can do that. Now, when a lot of people read exercise they groan and roll their eyes. That is partly because of the work done by the exercise industry over the year to portray a healthy image as one of a bodybuilder or fitness enthusiast. However, you don’t have to be someone who spends your life in the gym to be healthy. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you get a minimum of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week which works out as three one hour days or six lots of 30 minutes.

That is the big secret to leading a healthy lifestyle, find a way to bring a balance of exercise into your life. For those of you looking for something a little bit more, here are three ways that you can employ a fitness regime and their benefits:

  • The Gym

First of all the buildings dedicated to exercise. As discussed above, the suggestion is to get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week, and a gym is a great place to do that. Any gym worth its fee will have all of the facilities you could possibly dream of from rowing machines to treadmills and all the weights you could imagine.

  • At Home

If you’re just starting out in the exercise world then going to the gym might seem a little bit daunting. If that sounds like you then you might be better of starting by working out at home. There are many ways that you can do this, but without doubt, the most popular is to utilise DVDs and online tutorials. Something like DDP Yoga can be done from the comfort of your own home and be as good as any workout in a gym. Any home workout comes down to motivation because there are a lot of distractions.

  • Outdoors

Finally getting yourself outdoors. There is no denying that just being outside is good for you, especially on a sunny day. Our bodies need vitamin D and the most natural way of getting that is through daylight. So you could combine getting your dose of this vital vitamin with going for a run or cycling so that you are getting the most out of your exercise regime. One of the great things with exercise outdoors is that you can combine it with the previous two methods for a more rounded approach.


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Diet

The last thing that we are going to look at is your diet. However, unlike other blogs that discuss the best new fad diet, we are going to focus on what you need to eat. The number of calories you take in will be a deeply personal decision based on your health needs. The average man requires 2,500 calories and a woman needs 2,000. However, those number change based on whether or not you need to lose or gain weight and how active you are.

Our focus is instead on making sure you are getting the right quality of food in your system. The six essential nutritional food groups are important to follow because they bring a sense of balance to your intake. They are as follows:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Water

So if you come across a diet that tells you to eliminate any of these groups, you can be guaranteed that it has not got your best interests in mind. Find a healthy balance of these food groups and use apps like MyFitnessPal to track your diet and help you meet your personal health goals.


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