Your True Health Status
Are you healthy? How do we even start to answer a question like that? When we’re sick, injured or in pain, it’s pretty clear we could be healthier. We might feel unhealthy during a day or two of low energy, aches or an upset stomach. So, unless we’re ill or have a physical complaint, we could assume we’re pretty healthy.
Of course, there are lots of other ways to measure health. Someone’s always sharing their quest to eat, drink, sleep, exercise and manage stress in the pursuit of good health. Many of us are into this stuff too. So, when we plan or actually take healthy actions, we typically feel like we’re on top of our health.
So, what do you think? Lack of illness + doing health things = good health? Sure, that’s part of the picture but without knowing these key health indicators, your true health is anyone’s guess:
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR)
To get this complete picture of your health, you’ve got to get a physical exam.Let’s just agree now that going to the doctor isn’t fun. It can be embarrassing, stressful, even scary. It’s easier to cling to an old exam results that looked good, wait until something is really wrong, or procrastinate as you try to get in shape. Getting a physical can be a drag but it’s one of the most important things you can choose to do for your health. And if you’ve got to get up early, go without breakfast and coffee, fight traffic, get naked and be poked and prodded anyway, please, please, please don’t scrimp by avoiding questions or a topic you don’t feel like covering with your doctor. Is there anything unusual going on with your body? Are your questionnaire answers truthful or aspirational? Can you ask your doctor to just chill for a sec while you ensure you’ve covered your list of questions and have noted answers?
Each of us can do all of the above in all of its awkwardness and be the better for it. Learning where you stand while everything seems pretty normal is one of the best ways to ensure good health. If any of your numbers exceed the recommended range (or are creeping that way), you can often correct them with habit change vs. medication. If your numbers are in range, keep on keepin’ on!
That’s it. Gotta go schedule my annual physical now. It’s a couple months overdue. I’ve been trying to get into better shape first. Seemed perfectly rational until now.