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January 04, 2022 | Farah Jassawalla

Is Health A Part Of New Year Resolution?

Health is wealth; we’ve all heard this statement about a hundred times in our lives. But are we aware of its true implication? Most of us are not. No matter how insignificant, health complications can be emotionally, physically, and financially taxing. Seemingly minor complications such as body aches, pains, indigestion, or lethargy, can eat up a significant portion of our lives and replace it with anxiety, restlessness, and stress. The only way to make our lives healthy and stress-free in today's increasingly complicated world is to commit to healthier habits and prioritize our health because that is where happiness stems from.  

A majority of people relate a new year with a fresh start. January 1st translates to setting new health goals, making the gym a habit, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and rooting out the stressful elements from one's life. There is nothing cliché in this: although there is no fixed time to turn your life around, a new year can be a fantastic opportunity to start living the way you ought to and saying goodbye to the poor health habits that have been jeopardizing your life. Such unhealthy habits can not only deteriorate your stress management abilities but may also interfere with your daily life handling by making everyday tasks more challenging, elevating financial burdens, and your ability to live a rewarding life. Therefore, maintaining healthy habits can turn all the domains of your life around, which undoubtedly pays off in the long run. 

This year, develop healthy habits that you can maintain!

A majority of people around us stick to their healthy new year resolutions for only a week or month and then fall back into the same old consuming cycle of unhealthiness. That is mostly because people opt for healthy habits starkly different from their previous ones and expect their bodies to conform to this 180-degree turn immediately instead of slowly easing their way into their new routine. Most health and wellness resolutions are highly unrealistic, unsustainable, and restrictive, which makes following them a hassle instead of bringing about constructive outcomes. Many people make the same unsustainable resolutions year after year, only to break them after a week or two. There is nothing to be worried about if you are one of those people. All you need to do is develop a manageable routine that you can slowly ease your way into and make resolutions that benefit health and can also be followed for life. Once that is done, nothing can stop you from conquering the world!

Change yourself by changing the way you eat!

We are what we eat. It is possible to change your life by simply changing what you choose to put into your body. Research shows that following a diet based on whole foods can significantly reduce your risk of obesity, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and various cardiovascular disorders. This year, make a choice to include whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, and whole grains in your life and give your body the plethora of nutrients it deserves! The best part is that you can slowly ease your way into a diet full of whole foods. You can start by adding one serving of your favorite vegetables into your diet and making further changes slowly and consistently. 

Spend this year moving more!

People spend the whole year sitting on their chairs, whether it's because of a sedentary job or simply leading an inactive life. Research highlights the negative implications of sitting too much, and thus this year, you need to make sitting less and moving more your new year resolution. Having an inactive lifestyle can also affect your overall mortality. You can start slow by including a 15-minute walk at lunchtime or taking a walk for five minutes every hour. Being active is also an incredible stress reliever, and if you set your goals as a reality in your life, the results are bound to astonish you. 

You may not see the results immediately, but consistency and perseverance are the keys to leading a healthy life. You will inevitably see the results materializing in several domains of your life in the coming weeks and months if only you strive to achieve them. 

Getting yourself tested regularly 

It is essential to get yourself regularly screened for health-related complications to detect them at an early stage. Getting an annual screening test is a wise choice, as it provides a quick update on your overall health. These yearly examinations usually include analysis of your vitals, BMI, immunizations, health choices, and family medical history. Communicating with your doctor can aid in chalking out a wellness plan that suits your medical needs. It is advisable to choose Cura4U for your screening procedures, where you can satisfy all your healthcare needs with huge savings.  With CURA4U’s Annual Wellness Check, you can get physician consultation along with lab work done from Quest Diagnostics. In addition, this Wellness Check includes:

  • Complete Blood Count: CBC investigates a variety of blood disorders including anemia, infection, leukemia, and also measures the composition of your blood. This includes a thorough analysis of an individual’s red blood cells count, hemoglobin, platelets, white blood cells, and hematocrit. 

  • Comprehensive metabolic panel: CMP consists of 14 complete tests that measure different components of the blood to evaluate the body’s metabolism, blood glucose levels, health and condition of the liver and kidneys, and the balance of electrolytes and fluids in the body. 

  • Urinalysis: A test comprising extensive examination of the content and concentration of the urine to detect disorders related to the urinary tract and the kidneys, such as diabetes, kidney failure, and urinary tract infections. This test allows the management and treatment of chronic symptoms

  • Lipid profile: Also known as lipid panel, a lipid profile test acts as a preliminary screening tool in rooting out lipid abnormalities by measuring the number of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood. It is a significant test for those at high risk of coronary artery disease, or any other cardiovascular disorders. 

Visit Cura4U right now to get yourself and your loved ones registered for an optimal healthcare experience!

 

Farah Jassawalla

Farah Jassawalla is a graduate of the Lahore School of Economics. She is also a writer, and a healthcare enthusiast, having closely observed case studies while working with Lahore's thriving general physicians at their clinics.