No matter your age, getting healthy—and staying healthy—is important. Sometimes, though, getting into the right mindset and making the right decisions to become healthy can be challenging.
Getting healthy doesn’t simply mean eating healthier or exercising. Yes, those are important, but there are other things you need to do in order to ensure that you are healthy.
No matter how convincing those voices in your head may be to sit on the couch all day eating junk food, it’s more important that you kick-start your way into a healthy lifestyle by doing the following.
1. Get annual medical exams.
It doesn’t matter how old you are or how healthy you feel, having an annual medical exam is a great way to ensure that you are, and stay, healthy. Your doctor will be able to monitor certain vitals, such as your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and even your height and weight. He or she will be able to warn you of items that are abnormal as well as educate you on how to be healthier, whether it involves changing your diet, taking prescription medication, or starting an exercise routine.
2. See your dentist regularly.
Your oral health is just as important as your mental and physical health. Taking good care of your teeth and gums can help improve your overall health, which is why you need to see your dentist regularly and receive preventative dentistry, such as oral exams, dental cleanings, dental x-rays, and even education on oral health.
If you don’t take proper care of your oral health, you run the risk of other more serious illnesses, such as respiratory issues or heart disease. Let your dentist examine your mouth at least two times per year to keep your mouth clean and healthy for years to come.
3. Boost your mood.
Being in a bad mood can hurt your health, so it’s important that you take the necessary steps to be happy. Regular exercise has been proven to increase energy and boost your mood, so taking a nice walk around the block can be just enough to put a smile on your face.
If your poor mood is due to something more serious, such as amental disorder like depression or substance abuse, it’s best to seek the help of a professional. Sometimes counseling can help on its own, or prescription medication may be necessary. No matter the cause, getting professional help can be just the thing to save your life.
4. Make small healthy adjustments.
Most people fail to get healthy because they try to do so cold turkey. Instead of trying to do it all at once and failing, try to get healthier in baby steps. For example, instead of replacing everything in your kitchen with healthier items, try replacing one snack per day with something healthy. The following week, try replacing two snacks per day with something healthy. Continue doing this until you’re no longer eating junk food. The mild transition won’t have the same effect on your mind frame as going cold turkey, so you’ll be more likely to succeed this way. You can also take baby steps when it comes to exercising or stopping bad habits, such as smoking.
Article submitted by Community Writer.