At the beginning of each new year, we take advantage of a fresh start. Often we aim to better ourselves by setting a new exercise regime, booking a gym membership and vowing to quit any bad habits (smoking, alcohol, junk food, etc.).
Whilst many resolutions are, unfortunately, short lived and often peter out by the end of the first month, today we are looking at four health intentions to set which are crucial to your overall health and wellbeing.
Booking regular health check-ups:
Not only is it important to make regular visits to your GP to stay on top of your general wellbeing, this year make a commitment to book the appointments which are put off all too often.
A yearly skin check will ensure you are on top of any newly developed moles or skin growths. In Australia, 2 in 3 people will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. It’s important to remain vigilant and identify any concerns early to treat effectively.
Consider whether you are due for a mammogram or pap smear. Whilst these appointments may be slightly uncomfortable, and are commonly put off by women, they are an important health check which can provide peace of mind once completed.
Lastly, don’t forget about regular dental and eye checks. Whilst they are easy to put to the back of your mind, they play a much bigger part in your day-to-day life than you might assume. If you suffer from tension headaches, for example, it may be time to have your eyes assessed.
Increase your water intake:
Whilst it’s a common yearly resolution, the fact remains that the majority of people do not drink enough water each day. Dehydration can lead to all manner of health issues and weighs heavily on the healthy functioning of our skin.
Aim to drink the equivalent of 8 glasses of water per day. If you find it difficult to remember, try setting a reminder on your phone or keeping a check list by your desk and cross off each glass you drink. Perhaps an app will help you stay on track and ensure you are drinking an adequate amount of water.
Unfortunately, the ever-evolving society in which we live on means it’s difficult to completely shut off. The world, it seems, never sleeps and this has taken its toll on our individual sleeping patterns. On average, we need 8 hours of restful sleep each night.
This year, ensure you are allowing your body the time it needs to rest and recharge.
You can read more about the damaging effects of fatigue on our skin here.
Count nutrients, not calories:
In a society which places heavy emphasis on weight-loss, the importance of nutrition can, at times, be overshadowed by calorie counting. This year, try to place more importance on the nutritional factor of the foods you are eating. Nourish your body with wholesome, colourful foods and it will flourish.
Make 2017 the year in which you take your health seriously. Book in for check-ups, nourish your body and treat it with care.
Enjoy a happy, safe and healthy new year.
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