Have You Been Neglecting Your Health?

When you become an adult, the decisions are all on you. Since you are the captain of your own ship, often times you do whatever it is that you want and you give yourself much freedom on everything including your diet and your lifestyle. You probably have decided many times to just munch on cookies for dinner or stayed up until the wee hours of the morning just because, well, you wanted to and because you can.

With no one there to tell you to do things otherwise, this much freedom in adulthood can be a terrible thing as well. Once we become adults and gain our independence, many of us actually forget to take care of our health. We tend to come up with a lot of reasons why we are not exercising, following healthy sleeping habits, eating a balanced meal and simply doing things that will benefit our overall health. Because, we no longer have our parents, making sure that we eat healthy, get enough rest, visit the dentist, etc., for most of us, our health goes downhill once we become adults.

Your body may already be screaming for some caring, and you may not just notice or hear the screams until it’s already too late. Have a look back at your life and find out signs that you better start taking care of yourself right now!

When was the last time you had veggies?
Veggies that have been deep fried or smothered in cheese, or perhaps a stick of celery dunk in a glass of Bloody Mary does not qualify as a good answer here. So if your answer is one or all of the things mentioned above, it’s time to hit the farmer’s market or your local grocery store and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants and numerous healthy nutrients that keep the body healthy so best not to miss out on them.

How long has it been since you actually exercised?
If you come up with an answer that takes you back to your teen years, you have to pick up your slack and start moving. Lack of exercise does not only put extra weight, it can also lead to serious illnesses such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Don’t pull the “I have no time” card. You can always make time. Walk to work if the distance is not impossible or get off the bus two blocks from your office or home and walk the rest of the way, take the stairs instead of the lift and instead of sitting down on your couch and watch TV, why not go out for a stroll instead.

When was the last time you were at the doctor’s office?
If your answer still leads you back to the time when your mom or dad used to bribe you with a sweet treat after the visit to the doctor, then you need to set an appointment now. You should at least have a yearly visit to your doctor to make sure that you’re in good health, prevent serious diseases or at the very least catch a disease on its early stage. Don’t forget to visit your ob-gyn, your dentist and skin doctor at least once or twice a year.

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