Health is something that should be on the top of all of our lists, but if you ask someone to list the most important things in their life, health will often be left out. Money, friends, work…. how many of us are guilty of this list?
In all of these cases, it tends to be because those people who miss it out are currently healthy. Health is almost never something we think about when we have it, but it becomes the absolute number 1 priority once it goes south.
The key here is, as usual, prevention, and preventative healthcare is the best armor we have to make sure we never reach that point when we have to drop everything to take care of it.
Does our age really matter?
Too many people seem to accept at face value that as you get old, you get sick. However, there is no reason why you should get sick just because you got old, and it becomes a sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy: You’re sure you’ll get sick, so you stop taking care of yourself and you get sick.
However, if you maintain your activity level, eat right and go to regular check-ups to catch any preventable diseases, you will stay in good health for a very long time. Of course, there is always a chance that you will get sick. The healthiest people in the world get poorly, and sometimes stress and poor diet can be enough to cause that.
For me, it tends to be poor sleep that leads me to get run down and ill. So that often allows me to focus on getting better sleep and more resting periods. Everyone is different though, so it’s important to focus on your own traits – everyone is unique!
So, what about those doctor visits? Most of us don’t actually go to our regular check-ups with the doctor, and we are inevitably putting ourselves at risk by not doing so. Sometimes there are illnesses that don’t present any symptoms before it’s too late, among them the most common causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and irregularity in the blood.
It tends to be those who have a lingering cough, or on going fatigue, that could be showing signs of a more sinister problem, yet aren’t attending to it. If this is the case, doctors appointments are crucial.
But then there are those acute problems – the ones that come on rapidly. These can anything from heart attacks, strokes or a broken bone. If these cases, it’s an idea to have private medical insurance in place, so that you can rest assured you’ll be seen to and treated quickly and efficiently.
Your part in it
Ultimately, we’re the only people responsible for our health and we need to do our part in upholding it. You’ve heard it a thousand times, but the absolute best way to prevent illness is with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Not that those two things will scare away the illness, but they will make your body strong enough to fight off most health issues that might arise. It’s all in the little choices we make daily: whether you will eat a doughnut or an apple for a snack, will you take the bus to work or bike, will you take the elevator or the stairs. It might seem like a small thing in the moment, but it all adds up to a healthier body.
It saves you money
If you’re not all that concerned about your health, you might be concerned about the state of your wallet, because to most people today, every penny counts. Preventable care helps you keep more money in your pocket. But how?
If you skip going to the dentist when you would only need a filling, in a year you’ll have to cash out for an extraction and replacement. Don’t catch a spine issue at the beginning when it can be fixed with light exercise you’d do at home and you’ll be needing extensive therapy and possibly even surgery to fix the issue later on.
Of course, being healthy should be a better motivator than keeping your wallet full, but whatever it takes to get you to a place where you’re as healthy as possible!
Preventative care is your best possible chance of living a healthy, high-quality life for a long time, but you’ll have to think about the future: just because you feel amazing and healthy now, even with eating junk and never exercising, it will catch up at one point, so start living a better life today.