With all the attention paid to diet and exercise, there's one more thing you just CAN'T forget! And that is going to your general doctor to get a yearly check up.
Even the healthiest looking, fittest person in the world should not overlook this critically important element of maintaining a healthy body and life.
It also doesn't matter how "young" or physically active you are, you should still go, and MEN, you need to stop waiting until you're close to your 40's and 50's in age before you start making those regular trips to the doctor. It is well known that men won't go to the doctor unless something is really wrong, and generally feel that they don't need as much medical maintenance as women. NOT true! Your heart health, sexual health and screening for various ailments such as cancers, hypertension, diabetes and more illnesses than I can name should be paid attention to from the time you're able to walk to the doctor by yourself.
I have my next annual check up coming soon, and I'm actually looking forward to it.
The doctor always tells me that I have the cardiovascular system and reflexes of a 20 year old. ;)
I love it! Even though I'm just a (ahem) few little years past 20. haaaa!
I also enjoy seeing my really good blood pressure reading, learning my cholesterol number, and all those little things they tell you when the results come back.
My next step will be a total blood workup so that I can make sure I don't have any deficiencies of particular vitamins or minerals since I've drastically changed my diet from what it was years ago. That is very important, especially for those who cut calories and diet frequently. You must make sure that your body is getting everything it needs to function well, and a complete blood screening is a good way to do it.
So, if you haven't already done so, put a visit to the doc on your list of healthy things to do. In many cases, you'll be glad you did! ;)