Preventive care is one of the best ways to identify and treat health issues before they become problematic. However, healthcare providers have noticed that preventive care visits have fallen off during the COVID-19 pandemic. This time last year, staying at home was the safer, healthier option. However, as vaccine rollouts continue and COVID-19 cases drop, its important to remember that Annual physical exams are essential to your ongoing health.
Health is the greatest wealth we will ever have. Without our health, our vitality, and our best energy, every part of our lives has the opportunity to suffer. Health goes beyond weight. It goes beyond blood pressure. Health is about physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. They are all connected. They are all important. They are all influenced by what we allow into our lives and by what we put out into the world.
In today’s world, we have health all turned around, flipped inside out, and all messed up. We live in a society that values high quantity and low-quality foods, over-indulgences, not enough movement, and a quick medical fix whenever something goes wrong. We’re ok to suffer so long as it means we don’t have to change our lifestyle. It is easy to spend time worrying about our careers and money and where where we live on the societal totem pole. But, in the process, we forget about our own health and well-being. We de-prioritize wellness in exchange for a few extra hours in meetings or answering emails. We forget about this one body that has been entrusted to us for this one journey.
Despite knowing this, it seems that few of us want to actively make choices that hurt our long-term health. We are most often operating off of what has been ingrained in us throughout our lives and what we hear from the people around us. We’re bombarded and swayed by advertisements shared with us from companies and organizations that appear to have our best interest at heart, when in reality not all of them do. This all makes it incredibly difficult to break the mold that society has built for us. But, we must be responsible for our own health. We must be solely accountable for our own bodies. This accountability is not easy, though. Through the marketing and initiatives that profit-driven companies and governments have created, we are often unable to filter out the best choices for our health through all the noise. Choosing health is a process. It’s not a simple change. It’s about learning and understanding. It’s about investing time and money.
We must ask ourselves – is my job more important than my overall wellbeing? Is that early-morning meeting worth me not getting in my workout for the day? Does the money in the bank mean more to me than my long-term health? Am I willing to give up my healthy years for people, places, and societal expectations that may not have any concern for my life?
Health is an investment. It’s a long game. We can’t rely on short-term fad diets, the number on the scale, one good night’s sleep, a one-week vacation, or a day off from work to create a longer, healthier life. And we surely can’t rely on society to tell us what’s best for us. We have to do the work for ourselves. We have to learn what is best for us, as individuals. We have to consciously create small changes every day that align with our best, healthiest selves. It starts with one small investment, every day. As the days go by, the health bank grows. We gain time. Not just the quantity of time…but the quality.
So we invest every day. We choose health over a busy schedule. We choose a run over an unnecessary meeting. We choose nutritious food over the more convenient option. And more than anything, we choose time.
Follow WEALTH strategy below and make your health your top priority.
W – Water.
There should be no other beverage passing through your lips other than water. Drinking enough water maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, and digest food.
E – Exercise.
- Regular exercising burns calories and helps you manage your weight.
- Exercise prevents coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
- Activities that involve lifting or pushing bodyweight help to maintain strong bones.
A – Attitude.
- Start your day with a healthy breakfast. People who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat later in the day.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Take a walk after dinner instead of watching TV.
- Avoid using drugs, nicotine, and alcohol as a way to cope with negative feelings and stress.
L – Less stress.
It is a stressful world out there! Stress becomes a part of our modern life and it puts our bodies in a heightened state for a long period of time, which can silently harm our bodies.
So, how do you reduce your stress?
T – Think positive.
Positive thinking turns all problems into opportunities; it can improve the immune system functions and decrease blood pressure. People who have positive thoughts make better decisions and have more confidence in themselves.
H – Healthy eating.
- Having a well-balanced and healthy diet can make you feel better.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Choose whole grains, like oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and brown rice, seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, fat-free or low-fat milk, cheese, beans, nuts, and seed.
- Food high in fat and oil should be avoided. They increase the cholesterol levels in the body.
- Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals. Whenever possible, make your snacks “low-fat” and “low-sugar”.
Your health is your greatest wealth and asset. SO START INVESTING TODAY!