THE HOW TO OF PROACTIVE HEALTH
The How To of Proactive Health is about investing in health, YOUR HEALTH, UPFRONT and NOW! It is about NOT WAITING to become unwell and seeking treatment. The How To of Proactive Health is about focusing on health, as a HABIT!
Proactive is defined by Merriam-Webster as “acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes.”
Being proactive about health includes being proactive around all aspects of health. The five aspects of personal health include your PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL and INTELLECTUAL, wellness. Some people would extend this list by adding financial, occupational and environmental health to it.
If any one of these aspects of health is not tended to, illness can result. Stress needs to always raise your awareness around your health, because stress in any aspect of life, will cause illness in some way.
THE HOW TO
So, go back up to the very first paragraph. The key words are UPFRONT, NOW and NOT WAITING to become unwell. Proactivity means preventing illness before it happens. Taking care of you, in advance of illness. We can never avoid becoming ill 100% (in old age we all will become ill), but the list below will address the how to manage each of the aspects of health.
- Physical – move often, eat in moderation, eat a variety of foods.
- Emotional – be aware of feelings and express them.
- Social – nurture the relationships in the circle of people you have around you.
- Spiritual – stay connected to whatever you believe in. We need spiritual exercise, as much as physical exercise.
- Intellectual – challenge yourself and your thinking. Build on your core values.
- Financial – know what you need to feel financially secure. Set goals to get there.
- Occupational – Is your work motivating and interesting to you? Do you have work/life balance?
- Environmental – reduce, reuse, recycle. Be aware of your community and if there are ways you can help. Know your surroundings. Understand your decisions effect others too.
This is a very general list and over time, we will look at each of the aspects of health individually here at Live Fat and Fit.
THE NEEDED SHIFT
There is a very slow shift taking place in our world today regarding healthcare. There is a lot of information out there because of the World Wide Web and a lot of advertising on behalf of gyms etc. More people are becoming proactive. Our HEALTHCARE SYSTEM; HOWEVER, REMAINS REACTIVE. It treats people who are already sick, often neglecting the needed emphasis on how to stay well. This is a vast topic. There are so many things that need to be included here, it literally could fill a book (I’m sure a book is out there).
Foods we eat that cause illness, ways to eat to improve cholesterol and sodium-rich foods increasing blood pressure, are examples of ways to be proactive. Eating high-fat and sodium-rich foods in moderation or rarely, will help you to be proactive in both cholesterol and blood pressure health. There are thousands of health tips that could be included in this how to of proactive health.
YOUR PROACTIVE HEALTH
Use the list above as an outline, set an intention to be proactive and take baby steps in the right direction. MAKE THE NEEDED SHIFT FOR YOURSELF. Remember that emotional and intellectual health are just as important as the physical aspects of health. Perhaps, the most important shift is actually INTELLECTUAL. The intention, the knowing, the goals, the plan, all intellectual health and all necessary before the physical actions can be put in place.
We need a push towards the P4 or stratified approach to medicine. This is the use of predictive, preventative, personalised and participatory medicine that is going to be the next generation of healthcare. If you think about the 4 P’s and utilize the 3 M’s (movement, moderation and motivation), you have a guide, THE HOW TO OF PROACTIVE HEALTH.
Health is a continuum. Move yourself towards improved health, be proactive. All the tools are right here!