A self-health checklist to remind you to “take care of life”

It’s almost scary how we can be compared to cars that have to have our points, plugs, electrical systems and tires checked every year or so. The older you get, however, the more opportunity you should give your body (and loved ones) to keep it for as many years as it can – especially if there are things you can do to avoid something. unhealthy which may be entirely under your control.

Slowly becoming more educated about this as I begin another important decade, I honestly wish I had an executive assistant to oversee all the vital parts of my body. Someone to push me out and finish the cardio. Remove foods that are bad for me from my home. And stand on top of me with a whip to do my strength training. But I don’t. So my last office sticky note is simply labeled “health”. It has reminders that I know I would forget to look for, spread throughout my online calendar. I just know if I trusted myself to remember when a doctor’s appointment, lab exam, or well check is supposed to take place, I might be missing something.

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We are ultimately responsible for our own health. So how do you remember to be careful what you should do, from a health point of view? I have another giant post-it on my desktop in big, bold letters. I can’t help but see it everyday. He quotes a line from a movie: “Busy yourself with living or dying.”

Inspired? Nope. No violins and photos of sunsets. Just stark reminders that whether you’re 70 or 50, life is short. There is always something you can do today to keep control of certain parts of your health. Here are some things that draw attention to “self-health”:

Heart

Just because you’ve never had a chest tightness, dizziness, tingling arm, or sensing a fast heartbeat doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an appointment with a cardiologist to rule it out. heart problem, especially if they present themselves to your family. Heart disease remains a silent killer. And problems like blockages or irregular heartbeats aren’t something you can spot on your own. Especially if you (like me) have or have lost a parent to heart problems, get checked out.

Diet

Aging well takes work and sacrifice, unfortunately. Drinking as much, eating as much, and “treating” yourself as much as you did when you were younger begins to lead to a rapid decrease in (unsatisfactory) yields as you get older. Your body doesn’t use fuel like it used to. Not paying attention to your weight or diet will catch up with you. As for the diet to follow, the Internet is full of suggestions, plans and testimonials. Start by limiting / eliminating sugar, making alcohol a treat rather than a habit, and think of everything you eat as if it were medicine.

Skin

As a member of the generation that cheered up the sun with baby oil, iodine, sunlamps, and many hours by the pool, my skin is now a patchwork of freckles mixed in with it. my Mediterranean moles. While I pay close attention to the ravages of aging for beauty reasons, I go to a dermatologist every six months or so to see if any of these spots look suspicious. After three superficial melanomas, I know I can’t take any chances. You might not need to go that often, but even if you’ve never had a problem, a dermatologist will check on you for areas that you just can’t even see with a mirror.

Bones, muscles and ligaments

As we age, we lose muscle (which supports bones) and the bones become less dense. An inactive lifestyle causes bone loss. Hormonal changes that affect minerals in bone tissue are mainly caused by menopause in women, and in men, the gradual decline of sex hormones leads to the further development of osteoporosis.

Research shows that exercise can make bones stronger, slowing the rate of bone loss. Balance and coordination exercises, such as tai chi, can help reduce the risk of falling, which is important with age. Broken hips can lead to all kinds of messy complications. As for exercise, physical activity can delay the onset or progression of osteoporosis because it slows the rate at which bone mineral density is reduced. That is why weight-bearing exercises, such as walking or weight training, are the best types of exercise for maintaining bone mass.

I know. Not funny. And we can’t stop getting old. But we can slow it down and help us age well. If doing any of these things means spending a few more months with your loved ones or warding off the disease, well, do the math. Many of us are still 35 years old inside, even though our current age is double. It’s like living in an alternate universe to hear my age speak out loud. But like I said earlier, no one is going to watch us with a whip to take care of us, and if you regard every day as a gift, maybe now is not just the time to write your own checklist. health, but also to introduce healthy habits. in your life.

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