Are you careful about your health?

@GemmaR (8527)
May 25, 2011 6:06am CST
I have been thinking a lot more about my health recently, and I think that I need to start thinking more about taking care of myself. I am going to improve my diet and exercise more, along with sorting out some other minor health problems that I have at the moment. How much care do you take about your health, and do you think that you perhaps take more care?
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• Philippines
25 May 11
I care so much more about my health right now since I got the result of my Ultrasound. there's crystal stones in my kidney.. and now the doctor said about the food that I'm not allowed... and now, I am going to make my body healthy by doing some exercise everyday and do some dieting, avoid the foods issued by my doctor. I'm really want to be a healthy person because I want my dreams to come true. there's a lot of thing that i wanna do in this world... If you want to be a successful to your career, you should take care of yourself. Stay Healthy and be happy...=)
@banta78 (4335)
• India
25 May 11
I think doing Yoga daily could help you heal your health condition faster. India's renowned Yogi Baba Ramdev has been teaching us fellow countrymen, how yoga exercises can not only prevent but also cure diseases. Tune into "Aastha" TV Channel if you can to know more. Also, drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. It helps to get rid of toxins from the body. Wish you a Healthy and Happy life my friend, God Bless :)
• Philippines
25 May 11
Helo banta78, thanks for the advice.. =) God Bless..
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@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
You're lucky that your condition can be eased by using diet and exercise! I am overweight myself and am going to have to try very hard to lose the pounds over the summer break. It will help several of my own health conditions, and I know that I would feel a lot healthier and happier within my own body. I am sure that you will be able to reach your dreams, good luck.
@aerous (13476)
• Philippines
27 May 11
I think no one will be careless about their health. I am very much careful about my health but still getting sick sometimes.
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@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
You'd be surprised about just how much people are careless about their health. When you think about the amount of people who smoke or drink to excess, what do you think they're thinking about their own health? Because you can't seriously be telling me that you don't think that anybody would put their own health at risk. Also, the amount of people who are obese in the modern world is disgusting and there's no need for it. I am obese myself and have started making steps towards losing a lot of weight, so I feel as though I can now be the one to encourage other people to do the same.
@1hopefulman (16406)
• Canada
26 May 11
Taking care of one's health is very important. Here are a few important factors: nutrition, exercise, sleep and rest, water, spirituality. I got sick to the point of dieing so came to appreciate the importance of doing the right things. I can do so much more with good health. Take care of yourself, you are worth it!
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@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
I think that sleep is something that people tend to forget when they're thinking about their health. They just think that as long as they exercise and eat well, then they are healthy, but this might not be the case if they are deprived of sleep. Everyone needs a different amount of sleep, and you should see how you feel after different amounts when deciding how much sleep is good for you. For me, I like to get around 7 and a half hours, any less than that and I feel tired, and if I go much over that amount I never really manage to wake myself up again.
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@1hopefulman (16406)
• Canada
10 Jun 11
GemmaR, I could not have said it any better.
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@jambi462 (4600)
• United States
25 May 11
I try pretty hard to be healthy mainly by exercising and trying to eat right. I am pretty darn good at getting my exercise in because I am a pretty big fan of basketball and I can just go outside and shoot around for an hour if I have a busy day where I can't squeeze in a lot of exercise. Recently I've been trying to go for runs when I get a chance and have been running averages of about 2 miles each time I go for one. I'm not as careful about my health as I could be though, I still eat a lot of processed food that is garbage for my body and all of it's systems in general. I know that I also need to cut down on my grains intake because grains convert to sugar and they can cause things like inflammation when consumed in excess. So I'm focusing on trying to cut the crap out of my diet and working on incorporating invigorating forms of exercise into my schedule. It's helped take away a lot of my overall soreness and aches and pains in general. Choosing to be healthy does wonders for your overall mood and outlook on life more than you know.
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@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
It's good that you have a sport that you enjoy and can engage in on a regular basis. I wish that I had that. I've always enjoyed playing netball, but there aren't any clubs around where I live for me to join, so sadly I am not able to play when I would actually love to do so. I love running though. I can't run as far as you, I can run for about a mile before I just have to stop, and I hope that I will be able to improve my fitness over my summer break, as I am planning to go for longer jogs every morning before I have my breakfast.
@myfb2009 (8307)
• Malaysia
26 May 11
I had been very careful of what i buy and cook for my family to eat. It's truth that life is getting expensive since the price of medicine had gone high. I had cut-down the consumption of processed foods, which seems not good to our health. Because consumption of processed foods bring hazard to our health and thus in the end we need to spend more on medical bills. That's why, we need to be very careful with what we are eating everyday.
@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
It's much better to cook food from scratch, as there will usually be much less salt and saturated fat in it, however a lot of people just don't find that this is an option for them. There needs to be more recipes available to people who don't have the time to cook. If people work from 9am until 5pm every day, there is just literally no time for them to be able to cook healthier so they rely on take outs or ready meals. There are some very simple meals which you could make which are also healthy, but the simple fact is that not enough people know about them.
@myfb2009 (8307)
• Malaysia
27 May 11
Yes, it is more health to eat food cook from scratch. I prefer to buy fresh vegetables, meat and fish and cook by my own. Only when i am really not free, then i have no choice but to buy some processed food and cook. I seldom want my family to eat fast food since i am not sure how healthy will it to our body.
@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
Yes you never really know what processed foods can put into our bodies. I like to cook from scratch and also I find that I can cook things fairly cheaply, too. The healthy foods aren't always expensive; you can get lovely fruit and vegetables from smaller shops that don't cost too much. A good tip is to go to an independent shop rather than a supermarket, as these are more competitive and more likely to charge less than the larger chains.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
26 May 11
You are only 20 year old. Please do not bother about that right now. Eat well. do more physical work. keep yourself busy. I take care of my health because I am 60 + and expected to get diabetes. I take tablets for BP and cholesterol. Nowadays ask any person above 55-- they will be taking BP or diabetes tablets. It is because we are not having sufficient physical work. we sit in one place and work. Nothing wrong in taking care of health - it should be by taking good food and doing proper physical exercises every day.
@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
I know that I am only young, but I am very overweight and it is having an impact on my life and overall energy levels so I know that I do have to do something about it very soon. I hope to make myself as healthy as possible, so that I don't have to be on all sorts of tablets when I am older. My grandparents have four types of tablets to take every day, and I think it is a bit of a burden on their lives; so I am trying to prevent that from happening to myself if possible.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
26 May 11
I am sorry. I saw ur age. But I never asked details of your height, weight etc If u are overweight then you must reduce. Do exercises daily. Go for walking, jogging, gym every day. Avoid taking fatty food. If possible take only 3/4 of what you have been eating. take care. But do not take tablets for reducing weights. They are not good for health.
@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
Yes, I am losing weight, I have managed to lose 3 and a half stone so far and have about 4 more stone to lose before I'm of a perfectly healthy weight. I am actually enjoying losing the weight, because I've never seen this side of me before and it is a nice change from the person that I have been in the past. I have been enjoying going out for walks in the countryside and running around the park.
@dragon54u (31054)
• United States
25 May 11
My mother always told me that if we have our health anything is possible. Without good health we have nothing even if we are rich in material goods. She was right and I decided recently to get a checkup even though I try to avoid doctors. I'm treating high cholesterol right now and otherwise I'm healthy. Trying to lose weight and exercise as I'm able. The problem is, I went to pick up a prescription for my cholesterol yesterday and even with my insurance paying part of it, it was $130!! This was in addition to the $20 prescription I take each month for high cholesterol. I told the pharmacist to take it off my record, I can't afford that. I'll have to call my doctor today and tell her to prescribe something more affordable or we'll just have to work with what I'm on now. It's expensive to eat right and stay healthy. No wonder we have so many sick people. I believe, though, if we got rid of processed foods (most frozen pre-prepared meals, processed meats like chicken nuggets, etc.) we'd be a lot healthier as a nation. Can't stop them from being produced but the trouble is that so much of it is cheap! Education might convince a lot of people to avoid them and the health problems they create but it will always come down to money and what folks can afford. I stopped eating processed foods more than a year ago and feel 100% better!
@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
The cost of keeping ourselves healthy is horrendous. The charge of prescriptions is horrible, and I strongly believe that they should be free for everybody because we can't help being ill, can we. I have to have three prescriptions every single month, so I end up spending a lot of my income on medication that I just can't do without. In addition to this, a lot of healthy food is more expensive than fast food, meaning that many of us, particularly young people, are more likely to reach for something unhealthy than they are to go for fruit and vegetables that would be of benefit for their health.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
29 May 11
I've been taking good care of my health since i was about 16 or even younger. As i have a strong immune system, i rarely fall sick or see any doctors at a very young age.. haha =D My health improved when i was in my teens, the time i started exercising regularly, even till now.. haha =D I dun really watch my diet but what i eat or how much i eat, i will make sure i burn at least 70-80% of those calories.. haha
@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
It's a very well documented fact that exercising and being active has an amazingly positive effect on our overall health and on our immune system. This might help to explain why yours is so strong, if you say you exercise regularly. It's good that you have the time to burn off the calories that you eat, however I don't really have this option because I have to work a lot; so I just have to go down the route of restricting the amount of calories that I eat instead if I don't have the time to exercise.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
31 May 11
Time is entirely up to u to plan. I'm walking at least 4km everyday, without fail. That's on top of my 4-5 times a week of running and workouts.. haha
@casualkT (141)
• Canada
26 May 11
Truth is I never thought about it , some say that the way things fall in place is your health bar , each element combines to determine the state of flux of health: mental , emotional are at the outside clearly managing the "aura" or impact of physical - actually I think they are linked. Don't know if health is critical at 100% physical but the prime computers of influence will be mental - I have to take care , that's where the health deterioration factor is strong...
@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
I'm not sure what you're trying to say here? Are you saying that you don't have to take care of your health because as long as you're happy it'll be fine? Because I don't agree. I have been both happy and unhealthy at the same time in my life, and have realised that there is more to life than being happy. You really do have to look after yourself or you will regret not doing so in the future when things start to go wrong.
@casualkT (141)
• Canada
30 May 11
I'm talking about myself.. , probably that is what I am saying
@Porcospino (16436)
• Denmark
26 May 11
I would like to lose some weight and today I visited a fitness center. I have decided to buy a membership there. I am able to buy a membership for one month and afterwards I can decide if I want to continue. I think that it would be good for my health to get more exercise and hopefully I will also be able to lose some weight. I ought to change my eating habits as well, because I eat too many unhealthy things. I have tried to change it before, but I didn't have much success, I find it very hard to stay away from sweets things. I don't think that it is realistic to quit sweet things completely, but I would like to cut back on the unhealty things that I eat.
@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
I am losing weight too, and have lost 3 and a half stone so far and have about another 4 stone to go, but I am sure that I will be able to get my weight down in time with correct diet an exercise. I hope that you will be able to, also. I have to say that I don't often rate fitness centres, as there's nothing in there that you can't do at home for free (or at least a lot more cheaply). I like to go jogging in my local park, and I have a bike which cost me £30 to buy and I ride that every weekend. It's much cheaper than the gym and you can go at any time of the day or night rather than just when your membership allows you to go.
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@Porcospino (16436)
• Denmark
29 May 11
I have never been a member of a fitness center before, in the past I always went jogging or did other things on my own. But I think that a membership might help me in more than one way. I am thinking (hoping ) that the fact that I paid for the membership will "force" to me go there quite often so that I don't waste the money. If I have to exercise on my own my willpower isn't that strong and I tend to postpone my plans.
@derek_a (10904)
26 May 11
Yes, I care so much more about my health now than I did many years ago. When I was younger, I was rarely ill and always active and doing stuff. However, as I get older, I am learning what it is like to live with pain and fatigue and it is not a pleasant experience, but I feel that looking after my health, after a heart attack a few years back, is important. I don't have to experience pain and fatigue all the time, if I do things right. _Derek
@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
It's good that you take care of yourself now, and I am sorry about your heart attack. It's a shame that you have to live in pain, though, is there nothing that your doctor can prescribe for you to perhaps help to get rid of your pain a little bit? Have you considered alternate therapy such as acupuncture or acupressure? For some people, this can help to relieve pain and could be a really good move for you if you're in pain a lot and don't really want to resort to taking long term medication.
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@ElicBxn (59839)
• United States
25 May 11
I think most of us could take more care, but I have to be pretty careful from day to day because of my food allergies
@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
My brother is allergic to peanuts, and we have to be careful with everything that we buy as a family. We can't buy anything which has peanuts in, as he only needs to be touched by someone who's touched a peanut and he can have a severe reaction. He carries an epi-pen and luckily has not had to use that for a long time because we've learned how careful we have to be in order to keep him safe. I believe that there should be more education about food allergies, as some people just don't realise how much of an impact an allergy can have on somebodies life and living.
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@ElicBxn (59839)
• United States
26 May 11
A lot of people know about peanut and shellfish allergies these days, but corn is EVERYWHERE! there is corn starch in medication! powdered sugar! lots of baking powders! I can handle an amount of corn syrup, but not a tiny bit of corn protein!
@AmbiePam (44050)
• United States
28 May 11
I'm only 30, but the older I get the more health conscious I get. The health problems I do have are ones I could not help. I've had migraines since I was eight. A car accident 12 years ago left me with back and neck problems that severely strict my acvitives. And it is more painful to exercise. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean I can't. I'm allowed by doctors to walk (but not run). And I should do that more often. I've made my diet healthy, but to really achieve better health I need to exercise on a regular basis. But I don't. I have no good excuse.
@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
I get migraines too, and I've never been able to work out just what it is that causes them. However I have worked out that if I'm active, healthy and have been drinking a lot of water, they do tend to happen a lot less than when I'm inactive and spending a lot of my time eating junk food. Walking is one of the best exercises out there. It's good because I honestly think that I burn more calories by walking than running. This is because I have to stop running after a few minutes because I get out of breath, but I can carry on walking for hours and hours, therefore burning more calories than I would have done if I'd just gone out for a run.
@dorannmwin (36609)
• United States
27 May 11
I am starting to care a lot more about my health now that I am getting a little bit older and also because of the fact that I am experiencing my husband going through medical problems that he never thought he was going to have to face. I am trying to eat healthier and also to exercise more. The big goal that I have for myself right now is to train so that I can do a triathalon. I've never been a runner, but I am ready to start training to run for that portion of the triathalon.
@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
It's a shame as we get older it's normal for us to go through things that we never thought we would have to. It's good, no matter when you decide to get healthy, it's fantastic that you've made the decision to take control of your life and start taking care of yourself. A triathalon is a really good thing to aim for, as it gives you a solid target to work towards. How far do you have to run? I have done one myself, except I only had to run a mile, bike a mile and swim half a mile, so it wasn't as long as others that I've seen in the past.
@Jiuwei (29)
• China
27 May 11
I really care about that, and I try my best to squeeze time to do some exercises. But my health is still threaded by a lot of stuff. My office chair, my keyboard, my mouse and my glass.
@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
It's so hard to be able to find the time to do what you need to do to keep your body healthy. I have hardly stopped today. I have been doing house work for most of the day, and when I haven't been doing that I have also written two articles which are now out there on the internet earning for me already. I don't always have the time to exercise, but this is one of the reasons that it is extra important to get out there and exercise whenever you do have a spare couple of minutes free.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
26 May 11
For the longest time, I have taken my health forgranted. I don't abuse any substance, but I don't shy away from unhealthy food either. Every year, I make resolutions to get healthy, but I never follow through on it. Currently, I am in the midst of a re-spark of getting interested in working out, but I don't know how long this will last. Hopefully it continues for good.
@GemmaR (8527)
29 May 11
You should never take your health for granted, you never know what will happen in your life in the future. This is something that I have learned the hard way, and I am finally beginning to enjoy my life and enjoy getting my body into the shape that it needs and deserves. This time last year, I was three stone heavier than I am today, I was depressed and had anxiety issues. Then something happened that just made me ask myself why I was putting myself through all of this pain when there really isn't any need to do so. So, I took the decision to lose weight, and the depression and anxiety have lifted as the weight has been shed. I didn't think that it would ever be that simple, but it honestly has been so far and I hope that it will continue and that I can make myself a better person because of the changes that I have made in my life.
@sanijas83 (271)
• Latvia
26 May 11
I think I should take care for my health more. I should not bother about some unimportant things that tend to have bad impact on my health. Of course, working with a computer means lack of physical activities. I should go in for some sports like running, swimming, riding a bike.
@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
Yes; I finished University for the summer break today which means that I don't have anything that I have to do. I am going to therefore try to spend less time on my laptop and more time outside walking or maybe even jogging once I've lost a little bit more weight. I have a bike, too, so I should probably try to go out on that every week or something. There's just no need for me to spend the amount of time on the internet that I do, and I could make so much better of myself.
@bdance22 (86)
• Philippines
26 May 11
in my line of work , health is very important since we are more prone to sickness. Working at night weakens your immune system and lets become prone to attacks of bacteria. simple walks like walks and dance classes and improve your health. adding vitamins would even make it better. but most of all you have to make sure that you are disciplined enough to stick to your plan
@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
I am hoping to join a Zumba fitness class in the near future at a high school near my house. Apparently that's really good exercise and it's supposed to be good fun as well. I have thought about adding vitamin supplements to my diet, but I've heard from some sources that some of these supplements actually contain far too much of each vitamin than is considered healthy for an individual to consume, therefore I am just trying to get my vitamins from my food and drink instead of having to take them artificially.
@airasheila (5461)
• Philippines
26 May 11
Good day to you GemmaR, Indeed we should take care of our body. Thus, we should observe and be conscious to our health. With reference to your main question, I always observe my health. Since, I dont like going to the doctors anymore. I remember, when I was still a kid, my mother always brought me to the doctor. For every little illness, she always ask the doctor for medicines and necessary precautionary measures. As I dont blame my mom doing that, perhaps she just want me to be free from sickness. As a result, there are a lot of vitamins being prescribed to me during those times. Thus, I take and drink too much medicines - combinations of vitamins plus other medicines. For this reason, I was annoyed in drinking medicines. Hence, I promise my self, the moment I grow-up, I will avoid drinking medicines. And now, since I have grown-up, whenever I feel sick, I will just go the reflexology for a therapeutic massage instead of taking any medicine. In addition, I take extra preacautionary measures to take care of my health as what to eat and when to it those. As now a days, a lot of foods contains preservatives. Anyway, just watch for what you eat. Observe the proper daily diet and take stretching and a little bit of exercise. And as the many people are saying "You are what you eat". Have a balance and healthy life GemmaR.
@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
My Mother used to take me to the doctors a lot when I was younger, too. I have a lung condition which means that I was often ill as a child, though I don't suffer with it as badly now, and I had to take a fair amount of time off school to go to the doctors and to the hospital about it. I am trying to get away from doctors myself now, and trying to find ways in which I can improve my own health without having to rely on doctor's visits all of the time.
@stephcjh (32386)
• United States
26 May 11
I want to take care of myself and my health really bad but never have the time for it. I am too busy working all of the time. I want to take more time for me if possible to take better care of myself.
@GemmaR (8527)
26 May 11
Finding the time to do things to help our own bodies is something that we have to think about. I always envy those who are rich and famous, as they can have chefs to cook healthy foods for them as well as personal trainers to help them exercise. I spend a lot of time working and, unfortunately, my job means that I am pretty much glued to my desk for the whole day. But I am starting to try to find more time in my life to take out and exercise.