Life can really get to be a lot. We can easily become distracted and bogged down by our responsibilities in life, including our job, our social life, our children, any side jobs we’re working on, family visiting us from out of town, and the list goes on.
Even though we may or may not get that evening to ourselves once a week, where we can kick back and watch a good show or take a bath while listening to our calming playlist, there is still more that can be done in terms of self-care. Yes, taking some time to ourselves to relax is a great step in the right direction. Doing so will help alleviate stress and improve our overall outlook on life.
Getting plenty of sleep also does wonders for the soul.
What we can easily fail at, however, is keeping up with our health in terms of yearly or annual physicals and needed checkups in different areas of our body.
The Importance of a Regular Physical Checkup
Visiting the doctor is so very necessary for living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Based on your age, genetic background, and other factors, you’re even more likely to need regular visits to your doctor.
Children and the elderly are both age groups that are likely to be most affected by things like unexpected illness or injury. If you are an elderly individual planning for retirement, make sure you have the healthcare plan you need and enough saved over in case of an emergency. No one wants to enjoy their retirement while nursing a leg or back injury simultaneously stressing about how to finance such a situation.
The average rule of thumb differs on the type of checkup you are getting as an adult, which can differ depending on age, gender, and other factors.
A typical estimation would be that those adults aged 30 to 40 years of age should get a physical done either each year or every other year. It’s recommended to women 40 years and over that they should receive a mammogram every one to two years on top of the usual physical. Those who are around age 20 should definitely get their blood pressure checked once every two years on average.
Each typical physical should include getting your vitals checked using a vital signs monitor. The checking of vitals includes a thorough examination of a patient’s blood pressure, body temperature, pulse rate, and respiration rate. Other vitals may also be checked, as per the doctor’s recommendation and discretion.
Each of these different vital signs has a reason for being checked. Vital signs change with age, so exactly what doctors will be looking for as far as “clear” results would be different depending on the age group in which you belong. Your overall health is also taken into consideration.
Body temperature is checked by doctors in order to deduce a number of different biological changes. For example, you may have a fever that could have otherwise been overlooked, which can point towards a number of different possibilities.
If you are a middle-aged woman, your temperature may change frequently, and this can be indicated to you by your doctor. As you age, your heart and breathing rate will be about the same as it was when you were younger but can be irritated more easily by strenuous activities like exercise or manual labor. The same concept applies to the other vitals that will be checked by your doctor. With age, blood pressure is a more finicky thing to check on. The elderly can get dizzy more easily, and hypertension is eventually developed as a result of aging. Certain medicines you may be taking can also affect the results of certain vitals.
The number of times you visit the doctor can differ by a number of factors. Different cultures are likely to be more health conscious than others. Doctor’s recommendations will differ depending on the cultural sensibility towards modern medicine and the belief of how important it is to be checked in certain ways.
The recommendation from doctors in America will range from every quarter to two or three times per year, at least. Of course, the average is around four times each year in America, and that average differs widely in other countries. America’s average is actually much less than the average of many other countries.