If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get healthier in 2011, one way that you can do that is to assess your overall health. By starting with a good understanding of how your body works and what your body needs to improve, you make it easier to meet your goals and stick with your resolution all year long. Not sure where to start?
Well, let us help you with these key questions to ask yourself when developing any health or wellness plan:
-What is my height and weight?
-What does my family’s medical history look like? Are there any chronic illnesses that seem to run in my family?
-What is my diet like? (TIP: Keep a journal for 1 week of all of the foods you eat as a good baseline to work from)
-What are my lipid levels?
-What is my blood sugar?
-How is my mood?
-How often do I exercise and what type of exercise routine do I follow?
-How are my senses, i.e. hearing and sight?
-How are my stress and/or anxiety levels?
-How long do I sleep every night?
-How is my dental health?
-What medications am I taking?
-What supplements am I taking?
-What major changes have occurred in my life over the past 5 years? 3 years? 1 year?
-Am I active?
And most importantly: Do I feel well?
Once you have the answers to these questions, you can sit down and process what areas need improvement and then develop strategies to do just that. Or, you can always take these questions and answers to a health care professional, trainer, or nutritionist who can work with you and provide guidance as you make the journey to a healthier lifestyle in 2011.