We all want to take care of our own health and wellbeing. At the end of the day, the healthier you are, the more you can do comfortably and easily. A healthy lifestyle can also maximise your life, helping you to live a longer and happier existence. Now, there are countless ways you can work on your health and it would be nigh on impossible to highlight them all in one article. But for now, here are just a few areas of focus that you can really benefit from!
Take Care of Your Senses
Let’s start out by taking care of your senses. You use your senses on a day to day basis, helping yourself to navigate the world around you. Here are two to focus on for now.
There’s no reason to miss eye tests. You only need to attend these appointments once every two years. No matter how busy your schedule may be, you’re bound to be able to find time for this at some point over the course of two years. The eye test itself is pretty straightforward. You’ll find that your optometrist introduces themselves and then conducts a series of tests to determine the health of your eyes, as well as your sight. They may use lights to check the health of your eye from the front to the back. This can help them to diagnose any underlying issues, such as glaucoma, cataracts, displaced retina or even conditions like diabetes. They will then conduct a sight check to ensure that you can see well. If required, they will determine what prescription lenses you need and can recommend contact lenses or glasses and frames.
Now, you don’t need to visit a hearing specialist as often as you might an optometrist. While it’s suggested you visit an optometrist once every two years, you only really have to seek out an audiologist if you experience changes to your hearing or difficulties with hearing. If you do experience any of these problems, it’s important that you book an appointment with a hearing health professional as soon as possible.
When looking for an audiologist, it’s good to bear in mind that they can go by various names. Hearing health professionals, ENT specialists, hearing specialists, hearing care providers… the list goes on. Most of these professionals will play a similar role, taking care of your auditory health and recommending any hearing aids or assistive devices that can help combat any issues you may be experiencing. They can also talk to you about other elements of hearing loss that are lesser spoken of, such as the social impact of hearing loss.
When you book in your appointment, they will be able to identify, test and diagnose any disorders you may be experiencing. This can also include conditions that affect your balance or other conditions that can result in tinnitus too.
Managing Your Fitness
Good fitness levels can ensure that you are fit and healthy enough to get on with day to day tasks. A thorough workout regime can maximise your stamina, strength, flexibility, balance and more. So, make sure you’re getting enough! It’s recommended that the average adult gets one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week, or seventy five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week. You can achieve this in a number of ways. The best? To find a form of exercise that you truly enjoy and can get onboard with. This will encourage you to actually attend sessions and keep on top of your fitness. Here are some suggestions that might appeal to you!
The gym tends to be the most popular form of exercise for most adults. There are a number of reasons for this. When you take out a gym membership, you benefit from a dedicated workout space where you can exercise in climate controlled conditions, away from the elements. You’ll also have access to all of the equipment you need to work out what you want. Whether that’s running machines, weights or anything else. You may even want to invite a personal trainer to your sessions to push yourself as far as you should.
Another option is swimming. This is a great, all-round form of exercise that’s suitable for almost anyone. Sure, you’ll need to learn how to swim first, but this is a worthwhile pursuit in itself, as it provides you with a potentially life saving skill. Swimming works out most areas of your body, while going easy on your joints. You’ll find that the water creates resistance, which you will have to work against, increasing your strength and stamina as you go.
If you like a social element to your fitness journey, you should try out team sports. Not only do these work on your fitness, but you can build some lifelong relationships and friendships along the way. The sport to suit you will depend entirely on your personal interests. It could be football, rugby, hockey, lacrosse, netball or anything else.
Manage Your Diet
Pay attention to what you’re putting into your body. This is your fuel and you should do your utmost to make sure that it’s as healthy as possible. Sure, junk foods, fast foods and takeaways can be tempting. But at the end of the day, they’re packed with unnecessary salts and sugars, as well as high levels of saturated fat and low nutritional content. Instead, make up some meal plans. Determine what you’d like to eat for the week and work in plenty of fruits, vegetables and healthy sources of fats and oils. Avoid fad diets and don’t cut any particular food groups out. Instead, stick to your recommended calorie intake and make sure your meals and snacks are balanced. It’s as simple as that!
As we noted earlier, it would be impossible to focus on everything you can do to maximise your health and wellbeing, but these few areas will definitely get you started off on the right foot. Give some of the tips and tricks a try and you’ll benefit sooner rather than later!