How to Spring clean your health

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Have those annual health-checks

Going for your annual health-checks should already be prioritised on your healthcare calendar, and what better time to do it than in spring!  No matter what your age, you should be proactively monitoring your health, so use your Resolution Health preventative care benefits (available across most options) to get yours checked out now. 

Think pap smears for the ladies, prostate tests for the gents, cholesterol tests, blood pressure and glucose levels as well as your Body Mass Index (BMI).  Remember, an annual HIV test should also be on your list of health checks.

 

Review your chronic treatment

Are you visiting your doctor every 6 months for your new script and a review of your condition or have you let your chronic treatment fall by the wayside?  It’s not uncommon for those with chronic conditions to let their medication regime slip after a while, especially if they start to feel a bit better.

Taking your chronic treatment all the time will go a long way to making sure you avoid your condition becoming worse in the long run and perhaps even experiencing a nasty health event like a heart attack or stroke.  If you have let your chronic care be neglected, go and see your doctor and let him/her assess your condition and put you back on the road to prolonged wellness.

 

Watch your mental health

At this time of year, many of us feel run down and haven’t taken a break since Easter, or even before that; and may only have an opportunity to get some down-time again at the end of the year. This can mean even moderate stress could be having a major impact on your health.

There are potentially dangerous consequences when you don’t manage stress effectively, including blood sugar imbalances, heightened blood pressure, weakened immune function and insomnia, which in turn can trigger a whole lot of psychological problems.

Making sure you take regular breaks during the work day and that you make time for some relaxing activities on weekends can go a long way to helping you to be healthier and happier in the long run.  Plan activities now for the next few months so that you have something to look forward to throughout the coming weeks and months, and before you know it, the year-end break will be upon you.

 

Get out and moving more

Leading a healthy lifestyle can go a long way towards safeguarding physical and psychological wellbeing, and this should include regular exercise and a nutritious balanced diet.

Exercise is the best stress buster because it not only provides a physical release to counteract stress hormones, but stimulates the body to produce feel-good hormones called endorphins. Other benefits of exercise include boosted energy levels and better concentration. It can also help to reduce the risk of developing a number of non-communicable diseases like type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular conditions, and even certain types of cancer.

With the warmer weather over the coming months, now is the perfect time to be more active and work on that summer body you neglected during the winter months.

 

Choose fresh, whole foods

Say good-bye to the comfort foods of winter and hello to fresh, whole foods that are packed with nutrients and antioxidants.  Make a commitment to yourself to choose fresh foods as far as possible and avoid processed foods at all costs.  Visit your local farmer’s market to stock up on green leafy veggies and fresh, seasonal fruit for a healthier lifestyle this spring.