At the start of every new year, many of us resolve to lose weight, quit smoking, eat better or start exercising. These are all great goals to set and take action toward, but often we give up too soon.
At the start of every new year, many of us resolve to lose weight, quit smoking, eat better or start exercising. These are all great goals to set and take action toward, but often we give up too soon. There are other opportunities to challenge yourself, set an example for those around you and keep yourself in good health. Here are four New Year’s resolutions we can all commit to — and more important — accomplish!
1. Schedule an annual physical with your primary care physician and go. During an annual physical, or wellness exam, your physician will ask for updates on your medical history and your immediate family’s medical history; talk about your lifestyle habits, including smoking and exercise; and check your vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. A few particulars your physician may include:
- Neurological exam to check your nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance and mental state
- Dermatological exam to look for suspicious areas of possible skin cancer or other skin diseases
- Extremities exam to check for physical and sensory changes, including changes in the pulse points in your arms and legs, and examining joints for abnormalities or discomfort
2. Know your numbers! Know your cholesterol numbers and understand what they mean. This is your lipid profile, which includes your HDL (“good” cholesterol), LDL (“bad” cholesterol), triglycerides, total cholesterol and blood sugar. These numbers are key indicators for your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
3. For the ladies, commit to doing a monthly breast self-exam. Routinely examining your breasts allows you to become more familiar with your body, making it easier to discover anything new or unusual that has developed since the previous month. If you’re not sure how to best examine your breasts, talk to your physician.
4. Schedule additional screenings based on your age group. Yep, as we get older, more screenings are recommended. View the American Cancer Society’s list of screening recommendations.
If you can accomplish these four to-do’s, you are doing great. Even better — encourage your loved ones to do the same.
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