Exercise Is Not A Cure All
Written By: Coach Tricia Jackson
Sadly we are not SUPERMAN no matter how much we work out and how healthy we eat. Why do we wait until our arm is about to fall off or we cannot sleep before calling and making a doctor’s appointment? Of all the things we do to look and feel healthy seeing your doctor regularly is the most important, yet over half of us don’t go regularly.
Scheduling an annual physical allows you to build a relationship with your doctor so you can discuss your own personal health and plans for disease prevention. By having routine blood work done that scans for things like diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and other common maladies you are able to be proactive rather than reactive. Medical advances have come a long way in recent years. As more is being done to understand the genetic impact on our health there are more and more screenings that can be done to check for underlying conditions that we may not know about until it is too late. It is vital that a physician allow you to give a complete history and family background so that they can look for ways that may actually help you to prevent disease.
Knowing you are healthy is a great way to boost energy and make you feel as though you have something worth living for. When you receive clean bill of health it feels absolutely life changing and breathes new life into each and every day. If ever a doctor was to find an illness or condition, you definitely want to hear them say that they caught it early which greatly increases your chance of survival. Early detection for things like cancer can mean the difference between life and death.
You should see your doctor regularly no matter what, the chart below list at a minimum what ages you should have what tests done. Seeing a doctor is something that each and every person owes themselves and their friends and family!
With the busy lives we all lead it is easy to ignore signs and symptoms or just to shake them off. Don’t ignore your body and don’t think “that won’t happen to me”, you feel signs and symptoms for a reason. If you experience heartburn for no specific reason, stomach aches, migraines, sleep apnea, joint and bone pain, shortness of breath, rashes, etc… then do not hesitate to call your doctor.
Best case scenario: that bag of Doritos you had for dinner last night is causing it. Worst case scenario: you might be having the early symptoms of a heart attack. Either way, you’ll find out the cause and take specific actions to resolve the problem (in both cases, stop eating Doritos for dinner).