Sunday, 15 April 2012

It's Not Only About Exercise and Diet... Get Health Checks Too.

A lot of us focus too much on looking good and we neglect our health. We are so used to stress of work, school, relationships or just life in general, we end up ignoring some warning signs.

You need to make sure you're in good health before putting your body through the stress of exercise or a new nutrition plan.

Health checks are very important. Take advantage of what you have, if you have easy access to facilities that can provide you with health checks, GET THEM DONE!

A few things (out of many!):
  • Ladies, get your cervical screening (smear tests) done. In the UK, every 3 years is recommended. This helps detect any pre-cancerous cells and although this procedure is a little uncomfortable, it's important and doesn't take more than 5-10 minutes. For more information, read this:
  • Get a full medical before you throw yourself into an exercise or diet routine - blood tests, blood pressure, heart rate (pulse), etc. I've been guilty of leaving it until I'm ill to get this done and I want to change that. Low blood pressure, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat and a lot of conditions that can be detected through blood tests.
  • Know your boobies so that you can recognise any irregularities. Check for new lumps, change in the shape of your breasts, etc. If you're unsure about anything, seek a medical professional's help. The internet is full of valuable information but can lead to unnecessary self-diagnosis although it's easy to do this.
    For more information of self-examination:
  • You know your body, if you feel different eg more tired than usual, have a new, and persistent, symptom that refuses to go away and anything else that affects your livelihood, please get it checked.
Exercise is important for your health and reduces certain risks, so does a healthy diet. BUT you need to keep an eye on your health too.

Have a nice week :)

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