1. Track your health and fitness
Know your body
To know how you can improve your health and fitness and prevent disease, it’s helpful to know how YOUR body is currently performing. Having personalised knowledge about your body allows you to analyse your current circumstances and then use the advice of health professionals to adjust your behavior, and consequently improve your health and fitness.
Today’s technology and the trend towards predictive health analytics is making this easier and more convenient to do. For example, in regards to your fitness levels you can use watches like those from Garmin to track things like your heart rate, stride length, vertical isolation (how much you bounce during your run), estimated VO2 max, recommended recovery times and lactic threshold (NB: features will differ depending on the model).
Your blood gives you a window into what’s going on inside your body so you can target lifestyle changes that make a difference. Until recently it’s been difficult to get access to this data unless you were displaying symptoms of being unwell and your GP ordered the suitable blood tests for you. If you’re not unwell, but want to be proactive about your health, you canIf you’re not unwell, but want to be proactive about your health, you can use companies like i-screen to monitor things like:
- your cholesterol, liver and kidney function or glucose levels which can be affected by lifestyle choices, or
- nutritional deficiencies such as iron, vitamin D, or vitamin B12 which can leave you feeling fatigued, or
- understand if you have a hormone imbalance that could be the reason you’re struggling to shift those few extra pounds.
i-screen is a private online blood and hormone testing service to provide a way for people to proactively track their health so they can take action before an issue sets in and becomes more complicated to fix. Based on your results i-screen gives you recommendations of how you can change your lifestyle to optimise your health. i-screen also gives you a report you can discuss with your GP (and it is encouraged that you do) for further personalised advice to help you get your health back on track.
2. Eat nourishing, natural foods
Food is what sustains us and helps make up every single cell of our body! So in that sense, you really are what you eat! Some foods will have more nutritional value and disease fighting properties than others. These are the FRESH and NATURAL foods (fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, legumes etc), not the refined and processed ones (biscuits, cake, chicken nuggets, 2 minute noodles etc). Check out my healthy recipes for nutrient packed breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas.
Look after your mental health
Activities that help you relax and reduce stress are an excellent way to help you be proactive in managing your mental health. These might be things like lying in the sun, meditation, exercise, getting a massage, colouring in, or reading a book.
There are more ideas about relaxation here and here. If you find yourself stressed and worried regularly it’s a good thing to check in regularly with a counselor or psychologist who can help you identify your stressors and ways to work through them.
How do you stay proactive in looking after your health? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!
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