The answer is obvious. It is a fact of life that medical problems will be faced by us from the day we were born until the day we die. We cannot run away from medical problems but we can learn why these medical problems arise. Questions like “why did it happen?” or “what caused it?” are common amongst patients. Once these questions are answered, the next question invariably becomes “what should I do about it?”.
The more you know about your health, the more involved you can be in taking care of your health and the better overall result it would be to your life and lifestyle. Generally, there are three areas which you can look at where healthcare is concerned and these are “Keeping Fit”, “Health and Nutrition” and “Mental Wellness”.
Do you keep yourself fit? What is keeping fit? “Fitness” is much thought of as something related to some form of physical activity – mostly the rigorous kind. The standard of “fitness” varies between individual to individual. Some see walking 400 metres around the park as an achievement in itself whilst some would only be satisfied after running 10 kilometres daily. Some consider themselves fit when they are free of disease or other major health problems.
Being fit relates to every aspect of your health, whether it is physical, emotional or mental. They are all interconnected. You cannot have one without the other to be truly fit. Consider the following aspects of being fit:-
1. When you are fit, you have the stamina and positive outlook to handle all forms of mental and emotional challenges daily.
2. When you are fit, you have a reduced risk of major health problems.
3. When you are fit, you feel and look your very best and you are mentally confident about it.
4. When you are fit, you are at the peak of your physical strength and endurance at the material time.
Health and Nutrition
What is nutrition? It basically means how the food you are taking nourishes your body. Being well nourished depends on you ensuring that your body gets enough nutrients. It is not just plain eating but healthy eating that one should strive for. In this connection, good nutrition cannot be overemphasised. Healthful feeding aids fitness. Studies have shown that children who were well nourished tend to do better in growth and mental development.
The “danger in eating” which many people fail to realise is that when one eats, one is being satisfied by the senses – the taste, aroma, texture and sight of beautifully cooked and presented food. The focus on the said senses as against the focus on the nutritional value of the food to the body sometimes leave a person having an unbalanced nutrition. A person may be fond of eating steak but having that for most meals would be a recipe for health problems to occur. What is required is a balanced eating habit and ensuring that the food that you eat contains the main groups of nutrients – carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Ensure that you are eating right and that your diet is varied.
Research has shown that a healthy mind affects the overall health of a person and more so, during treatment of disease and recovery therefrom. We all need a healthy mind to have a quality life so that we can face up to the challenges of life, keep a positive outlook on things happening around us, seek intellectual stimulation and make creative use of time through work and volunteer services.
Practise good self-care for both your body and mind. Get plenty of rest, eat right and exercise regularly. Have regular medical check-ups and talk to your medical doctor about any anxieties or stress which you might be facing. Do not be afraid to reach out for help. Keep your mind busy with positive learning and interacting with others through appropriate socialising.
Keep and maintain a healthy lifestyle for your health very much affects how well you are living.