We all want to keep on top of our health and wellbeing. This allows us to live our lives to the utmost – ache and pain-free. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily come naturally. Many of us have to actively try when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. But the effort is more than worth it! Here are some steps to follow to get yourself started off on the right track to good health!

 

Attend Regular Medical Appointments

 

We all need to attend regular medical appointments. These allow specialists and professionals in different aspects of our health to give us a check over and to ensure that everything’s as it should be. Here are some to fit into your schedule.

 

Doctor

 

While you probably don’t need routine appointments with your doctor (this is more for those who are monitoring chronic or ongoing conditions), you should make sure to book an appointment whenever you feel symptoms of ill health. This can include sickness or injury.

 

Dentist

 

Booking an appointment with your dentist will give them the chance to take a look around your mouth to examine its overall health. If you have any issues developing, such as decay, they will be able to spot the warning signs and intervene with treatment. They can also use an x-ray to check out the interior health of your teeth where you may not be able to see how your teeth are doing. This is great, as it prevents problems that can result in toothache or even tooth loss. If you’re interested in any specialist services, such as straightening, whitening, and veneers, they’ll be able to guide you in the right direction with this too. Try to book once every six months.

 

Optometrist

 

You should see your optometrist once every two years. During your appointment, they can survey the health of your eyes from front to back to check for issues ranging from glaucoma to diabetes. They can also check your vision, monitoring any changes, and prescribing glasses or lenses if you need them.

 

Hearing Specialist

 

If you find that you are coping with hearing loss, you should check in with an audiologist or other hearing specialist. They will conduct tests into changes with your hearing and can then recommend hearing aids or other equipment that can benefit you.

 

Eat a Healthy Diet

 

Everyone needs to eat a healthy and balanced diet. But nowadays, so few of us actually do. Many of us exceed our recommended calorie intake and eat way too much junk food, fast food, or takeaways. Instead, stick to the recommendations below (based on your age, sex, and lifestyle) and make sure that the food you put on your plates is balanced.

 

  • Children aged 2 to 8 – 1000 to 1400 calories
  • Girls aged 9 to 13 – 1400 to 1600 calories
  • Boys aged 9 to 13 – 1600 to 2000 calories
  • Active women aged 14 to 30 – 2400 calories
  • Sedentary women aged 14 to 30 – 1800 to 2000 calories
  • Active men aged 14 to 30 – 2800 to 3200 calories
  • Sedentary men aged 14 to 30 – 2000 to 2600 calories
  • Active adults over 30 – 2000 to 3000 calories
  • Sedentary adults over 30 – 1600 to 2400 calories

 

Follow the above advice and you should see your health stay on track! The steps are simple to implement into your lifestyle, so why not give them a try?

 

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