5 Ways to Maintain Your Health As Well As You Maintain Your Car
A few years ago, Men’s Health discovered something shocking: 40% of men will address a vehicle issue before they’ll address a health issue. Additionally, nearly 70% find it easier to take care of their cars than to manage their health. It’s not that men aren’t concerned about health at all. In fact, about 60% do have health concerns… but not about themselves. They worry about their partners. Indeed, men put their vehicles and their partners before themselves. Perhaps it’s a sign of the “protector” mentality many men were raised to have or maybe it’s much easier to identify an external issue, such as a partner showing signs of fatigue or a check engine light on the dash. Whatever the underlying cause, make it a priority to maintain your health. To start you off with the right set of tools, here are 5 ways to maintain your health as well as you maintain your car.
1) Use Premium Fuel
You’re the only you the world will ever have, and that makes you a luxury product. Fine vehicles require premium fuel, so load up on things that are good for you. Sure, you should probably give up things like pizza, doughnuts, and that bowl of cereal you just stole from the kids, but if you’re not ready to do that just yet, focus on getting the healthful stuff on board first before indulging. At Dedication Health, we set all our patients up with a nutritionist, making it easy to create a plan that works for each individual and fills his or her unique needs.
2) Balance Regularly
You rotate and balance your vehicle’s tires regularly; balance should be part of your personal routine too. Schedule time for sleep if you’re not already getting at least seven hours and make sure you’re tempering your work days with leisure and physical activity as well.
3) Check Your Levels
Oil, transmission fluid, and even wiper fluid get checked regularly. Failure to check them means you could well be on the side of the road with costly repairs or, at the very least, won’t be able to see where you’re going. Doctors run all kinds of tests too, ranging from basic blood pressure to cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and more. These tests are imperative because they can spot an issue before it becomes a real problem, enabling you to make corrections before your body leaves you stranded.
4) Monitor for “Check Engine” Signals
While your body doesn’t have dashboard lights, it will signal when something’s wrong. A few common ones are listed below:
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of Breath
- Edema (swelling of feet and lower legs)
- Bleeding, Swollen, or Sore Gums
- Xanthomas (yellow bumps on the skin)
- Unexplained Weight Changes
5) Find a Reliable and Trustworthy Mechanic
If you’re like most people, you rely on your mechanic to keep your vehicle running in top condition; you don’t wait for something to go wrong. You trust him to perform regular services and keep you informed about repairs that need to be made. You should have a similar relationship with your doctor. Find someone you feel comfortable with and follow his guidance on tune-ups and items to be addressed. In doing so, you’ll likely find that you stay in top condition longer and need fewer unexpected visits.
Join Dedication Health
Dedication Health is here to keep you in the driver’s seat for as long as possible. Our concierge physicians will listen to your concerns, map out a plan to help you meet your goals, and offer suggestions on how to get yourself into top condition and how to continue to maintain your health. We oversee everything, from your medications through any specialist care you need, so you’re always on schedule. Unlike mechanics, however, we’re here 24/7 for our patients. To get started, contact us online or call 847-986-6770.
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