Young adults are usually in a privileged position. They have their lives in front of them, are blessed with energy and opportunity, and are typically in pretty good health condition or have the strength to overcome their health troubles. However, being young shouldn’t give a person a pass to buck their responsibilities. Young adults – and all adults for that matter – need to instill positive health practices into their lives before they’re older. Now’s the time to step up.
Know the Basics
Do you know what your resting heart beat should be, or your blood pressure? No one is expecting you have a medical knowledge that would make a doctor blush, but it can be beneficial to have a basic understanding of the condition that your body should be in, as it’ll make you more aware of any changes as and when they occur. Also, knowing how to treat minor medical issues can also be worth its weight in gold and prevent more serious medical problems from developing.
Don’t Be Afraid
It is understandable that some people would be afraid of their health. When something goes or feels wrong, it’s tempting to put your head under the covers and pretend that everything’s all hunky dory, but this is not a solution. Everything probably is completely fine, but you won’t know for sure until you visit the doctor and get it checked out by a professional. Ultimately, hesitating when it comes to your health can not lead to anything good. If you’re concerned for your health, be bold and get it taken care of as soon as possible. Delaying will only result in one of two things – a worsening medical condition or unnecessary worry, neither of which are good.
Be the Boss
We’re all guilty of passing the buck when it comes to health. We put more faith in our doctor than we do ourselves. This is good for some things (they’re the expert, after all), but it shouldn’t be our automatic position for everything. You can cut out the middleman and be in control of your own tests and prescriptions, for example. If you suffer from diabetes, you can order metformin online and remove a trip to the doctor completely. The same goes for blood pressure; if you learn what your blood pressure should be, you can conduct your own blood pressure test at home. It’s your body, and wherever possible you should be taking control of its treatment.
Staying on Top
If you’re one of the millions of people who have a smartphone, then you’re already carrying around a tool that you can use to stay on top of your health. If you have a condition that requires attentive managing such as diabetes, then you can use apps to log your stats, which provides a useful overview of your condition as a whole – especially when viewed over a longer period. With an app like CareZone, you can stay on top of your medications and the instructions you’ve received from your doctor.
Managing the Ratio
When it comes to our health, our lifestyle plays a pretty big role in determining how healthy we are. If we work long hours and don’t get the right amount of rest, our health will suffer. If we go out drinking multiple times a week, our health will suffer. Some of these things can’t be avoided, but in any case it’s important that you manage your lifestyle properly. If you’re trying to cram too much into your day then eventually your health will deteriorate. Don’t push yourself too hard and make sure you’re living a balanced lifestyle that gives you everything you need.
Listen to your Body
In our hectic day to day lives it’s not too often that we take the time to take a step back and actually give our body a thorough analysis. Your body will reveal its shortcomings to you, but you have to be paying attention otherwise you won’t hear what it has to say. Usually the first signal your body will give you will to let you know that it’s tired. If you’re constantly feeling sluggish, it’s time to make a change – it won’t sort itself out. Take up yoga, start getting more rest, or take an extended break from work.
Taking Preventative Measures
A lot of the people who start having health troubles when they reach middle age might have been able to avoid their troubles had they just taken the steps to reduce their chances of developing problems in the first place. So much of our health conditions could be sidestepped if only we had taken action when we were still healthy. The biggest one – an issue that the whole world seems to be struggling with – is eating well. Really pay attention to the fuel you’re putting in your body as not all of them are created equal. It’s never been easier to eat well, so you have no excuses!
Dig Out The Exercise Clothes
We know, we know: it’s not all that exciting to exercise when there are so many other fun things going on. This is especially true when you’re young when there are parties and other things to occupy your time. However, if you get into the habit of exercising when you’re still young it’ll be much easier to keep the habits as you drift into your later years. Also, don’t think of it as wasting time when you’re young and should be having fun; start exercising now and you’ll feel young for longer!
Finally, one of the best – and most rewarding – ways to take control of your health is to take up meditating and make it part of your daily routine. The health benefits of meditation are quite amazing. Incorporate meditation into your schedule and you’ll have a boosted immune system, have lower blood pressure, and feel less stressed, to name just a few. If you start when you’re young you’ll have a headstart on everyone else too, who usually only take up meditation when they need to rather than want to!