As 2020 approaches, it’s a good time to assess your health and set your goals for the new year. Whether your goal is to lose weight, to get fit, to manage disease, or simply to get better sleep, there is no better time than the present to start positive changes. Here are some simple things you can do to kickstart your efforts:
Do your research.
This is the time of the year when fad diets start becoming more popular, with friends and family raving about the latest diet supplements or food trends. Make sure to do your research, because what works for someone else may not work for you. A good diet should support short and long-term health goals, and not just quick weight loss. Consult with a doctor, nutritionist or health coach regarding the best approach for you.
Eat your vegetables.
Your diet is the foundation of your body's health, as it provides you with the energy and nutrients you need to function at your best. A 2013 study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), however, found that the typical Filipino diet is low on vegetables, which may lead to certain nutrient deficiencies. Consuming various types of vegetables on a daily basis is an easy and affordable way to support optimal health.
Get health insurance.
Health emergencies can happen at any time, and rising hospital bills can add undue stress to recovering patients. Avoid this problem by investing in a health insurance plan. Affordable health insurance plans like Paramount Direct's HealthCare Cash Plan can provide coverage at low premiums and keep you protected without breaking the bank. Look for plans that are tailored for your needs to reduce unexpected medical expenses.
The 2017 Sun Life Financial Asia Health Index found that Filipinos lack exercise when compared to their Southeast Asian peers. This is a shame, as the benefits of exercise are many: it strengthens bones, increases muscle mass, reduces the chances of lifestyle diseases like obesity, and improves your mood and overall health. There are so many workout options available, and if you’ve been sedentary for some time, simply increasing movement by walking more is already a good start.
While taking the time to get a check-up may seem like a hassle, it is one of the best investments you can make for yourself. The Muse lists ten reasons why you should go to the doctor even when you're healthy, including establishing your health risk, the early detection and prevention of disease, and ensuring a good relationship with your physician.