Health, Lifestyle

Monitoring your health

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Keeping an eye on your health is one of the most important things you can do. So making sure that you monitor it to the full is vital if you want to remain fit and healthy. In the past this consisted of jumping on the scales and seeing what they said, but things have changed a bit over the last few years. There are a number of ways for you to monitor your health and keep a close eye on what you need to do to stay in tip top condition.

Keep a check on your vital signs

 Your vital signs does not always mean things like your heart rate. It can also mean your weight or BMI. A lot of women find it hard to check on their BMI which is why having a BMI calculator for women is such a vital addition to your toolbox. This will make it easy to check on your BMI in seconds and ensure that you can work towards keeping yourself inside the healthy weight. You will need a set of scales for this as well in order to monitor your weight. Knowing your weight is also an important metric to keep your eye on.

The wide range of smart watches that are on the market also makes it really easy to keep up to date with other metrics that are important to your health. There are so many heart rate monitors on the market at the moment that it can be difficult to choose. So just get the one you like the look of the most and you will be able to see exactly how your heart is performing. If your heart is struggling then it could be a sign that you need to visit the doctor for a check-up. Do not increase the amount of cardio that you do before seeing the doctor.

You will also find that most heart rate monitors have a pedometer built in. This means that you can check out whether you are reaching your daily step targets. It will give you the impetus and motivation to reach those step goals and could lead to an increase in physical activity as you attempt to reach your targets in the most fun way possible. Of course, it is more than just checking on the obvious signs when it comes to monitoring your health, there are other things that you can do.

Check the colour of your urine

 This may seem a little bit simplistic and crude, but put simply if your urine is dark in colour (it should be the colour of straw) then you are not drinking enough. This can lead to dehydration which in turn can lead to more serious issues such as kidney problems. Make sure that you check on the colour of your urine regularly and if it is dark, be sure to drink more water. It is sometimes a problem if you are at work and are unable to go and get a drink. If you find that you are not drinking enough then investing in a reusable water bottle will help to solve this problem and give you the means to drink some water at more regular intervals.

Keep on top of your blood pressure and cholesterol

Blood pressure and cholesterol are both very important when it comes to keeping yourself healthy. You can either get them checked out at the doctors or you can get a home testing kit. It is important to know as much about what is going on inside your body as possible and monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol level is important.

Once you have this information you will be able to carry out any lifestyle changes that you need to in order to solve any problem. It could be that you are eating food containing too much saturated fat, salt or sugar. Whatever the problem you are suffering from you can take measures to try and alleviate it.

There are ways other than taking medication to lower your blood pressure. Try some stress reducing activities such as yoga. It is a fantastic way to reduce your stress while also keeping yourself in a better physical condition. You could also mix this with some regular meditation sessions in order to further combat any stress that you may be suffering from. Exercise is also very helpful; regular long walks or jogging will also be beneficial.

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