Your general health
The good news is that your future health will also be a result of the lifestyle choices you make now and into the future, so the key to a healthy future is making the right lifestyle choices now – and you can even reverse some of the damage from poor lifestyle choices made so far!
The best place to start when developing health and well-being goals is to get a physical check up from your doctor. He’ll then be able to tell you your risk factors and what aspects of your health you should focus on.
A health check-up should include:
Make sure you think about these health aspects before you see your GP, so if you have any particular concerns, you can discuss them in more detail.
The General Health checklist in the ToolBOX under the section on 'Health Tools' will give you a starting point – fill this in and discuss the results with your GP.
You can also use on-line general health self diagnosis tools to help you keep track of your health – but always make sure you see a doctor in person if you are concerned about anything do to with your health.
Monitoring your health
You can monitor many health elements yourself. Self-monitoring of weight, fitness level, energy level, resting pulse and breathing rates and general feeling of health is a good indicator of how your health goals are progressing. And don’t forget those self-examinations for skin cancer, breast cancer or prostate cancer.
You can also monitor Blood Pressure and Blood sugar at home with special equipment and test kits, if these are of concern to you.
Most importantly though, it is important to establish with your GP a schedule of recommended check-ups for general health (ie with your GP), cancer scans (skin, breast, prostate, cervical, bowel) and vaccinations.
There is a 10 year schedule in the ToolBOX under 'Health Tools', for this very purpose.
Use it to schedule your future check-ups (including dental, optical and hearing), vaccinations and scans and also use it to record any major event that may affect your future health – record events such as major illnesses or injuries, accidents (even if there was no ‘’injury’ at the time), overseas holidays and lifestyle changes such as moving town or even moving house. You’d be surprised how the source of many illnesses can be tracked back to an event or exposure many years before.
And once you have a schedule – stick to it!
Just take care of yourself
The main message here is just to look after yourself – if people see that you look after yourself and your appearance, they usually think more of you than if you are lazy about personal care. And of course, this is even more important if you have children so you can lead by example.
So as well as your general health, make sure you:
And just be responsible for yourself and look after your own safety, general health and well-being.