Taking Charge of your Health, One Step at Time

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When it comes to your health, there are so many factors that come into play. Family history and genetics play a role in your health. Your healthcare coverage and healthcare routine is another factor. And your age is another consideration, too.

It goes without saying that some of the factors that affect your health are out of your control. You can’t change your family history or your genes, and, unfortunately, you can’t change your age either. But today we are going to talk about the things you can do to take charge of your health.

The first (and most important) “baby step” you can take regarding your health is to simply be aware of it. While that might sound insignificant, it is certainly true that you can’t take charge of your health if you don’t ever think about it. Take a few moments to think about the things that you struggle with. Then think about which parts of managing your health come easily to you. Maximize your strengths and make a point of working towards the aspects that don’t come so easily. Perhaps you have a job that has you sitting for hours and hours every day. Think about the small changes you can make to ensure you are getting up and moving once in a while. If you’re able, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a walk over your lunch hour.

Secondly, you can take charge of your healthcare routine. To be sure, part of your routine will be dependent on the healthcare coverage you have, but even within the confines of your plan, you have options you can explore. Find out how many well check appointments you are entitled to, and take advantage. Some employer-sponsored plans include incentives for meeting certain health goals. Find out about them and work toward them.

So while some aspects of your health are out of your control, there is quite a bit that is up to you. Start small so you don’t get overwhelmed, but do the easy things you can to take charge and be the healthiest version of yourself you can be!