What Is Preventative Wellness
Preventative wellness is the practice of taking proactive steps to maintain physical and mental health in order to prevent illness and disease. This can include regular exercise, healthy eating, stress management, and regular check-ups and screenings. The goal of preventative wellness is to promote overall well-being and improve quality of life.
Our approach begins with our ACE Certified Health Coaches, who help identify the habits, services, and preventative scans that can best benefit you as you work toward your health goals.
Here are some easy daily exercises that you can do to improve your physical health:
- Walking: A brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can help improve cardiovascular health and maintain a healthy weight.
- Stretching: Stretching before and after physical activity can help improve flexibility and reduce the risk of injury.
- Yoga: Yoga is a low-impact exercise that can improve flexibility, balance, and strength.
- Bodyweight exercises: Exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, and squats can be done at home and do not require any equipment.
- Dancing: Dancing is a fun way to get some exercise and improve cardiovascular health.
- Swimming: Swimming is a great full-body workout that is easy on the joints.
- Cycling: Cycling is a great way to get your heart rate up, strengthen your muscles, and increase your endurance.
It’s important to remember that the most important thing is to find an exercise that you enjoy and to start slowly and build up gradually.
Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help prevent a variety of diseases. Some types of food that have been shown to be beneficial in disease prevention include:
- Fruits and vegetables: These are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which can help protect against heart disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses.
- Whole grains: Whole grains, such as oatmeal, brown rice, and quinoa, are high in fiber and can help lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
- Lean protein: Foods such as fish, poultry, beans, and nuts are good sources of lean protein and can help maintain muscle mass and support a healthy weight.
- Healthy fats: Foods such as avocados, nuts, and olive oil are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Low-fat dairy: Milk, yogurt, and cheese are good sources of calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients that are important for bone health.
- Fermented foods: Foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi are rich in probiotics, which can help maintain a healthy gut microbiome.
It is important to keep in mind that moderation and variety are key. Eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods from all the food groups in the right amounts is important for overall health and disease prevention.
Stress management is an important part of maintaining good mental and physical health. Here are some techniques for managing stress:
- Exercise: Regular physical activity can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
- Relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, and meditation can all help to relax the body and mind.
- Yoga and tai chi: These practices can help to reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
- Time management: Prioritizing tasks and managing time effectively can help reduce feelings of being overwhelmed.
- Social support: Talking to friends or loved ones, or joining a support group can help alleviate feelings of stress and isolation.
- Counseling or therapy: Talking to a therapist or counselor can help to identify and manage the underlying causes of stress.
- Mindfulness: Mindfulness practices such as being present in the moment and paying attention to the present can help to reduce stress.
It’s important to note that different techniques work for different people, so it may be helpful to try a few different approaches to find what works best for you.
Regular Check-ups and Screenings
Adults should regularly receive a variety of check-ups and screenings to help detect and prevent potential health problems. Here are some recommended check-ups and screenings for adults:
- Annual physical: A yearly check-up with a primary care physician can help detect any potential health issues and provide an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions.
- Blood pressure screening: High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. It is recommended that adults have their blood pressure checked at least every two years.
- Cholesterol screening: High cholesterol is another risk factor for heart disease. Adults should have their cholesterol levels checked at least every five years.
- Cancer screenings: Depending on age and risk factors, adults should receive regular screenings for various types of cancer, such as breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer. A full body scan can reveal early signs for many of these diseases.
- Diabetes screening: Adults with a high risk of diabetes should be screened regularly for the condition.
- Mental health screenings: Regular check-ups should include an assessment of mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety.
- Dental check-ups: Regular dental check-ups can help maintain oral health and detect any issues early.
- Eye exams: Regular eye exams can detect vision problems and eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts.
As you can see, preventative wellness covers a large territory.
There are many factors that work together to provide quality preventative care. The key benefit to being proactive about your care is the advantage you give yourself in catching any arising problems before they start to impact your health negatively.
At Visionary Wellness and Imaging, we want to provide you with the tools you need to live a long, healthy life. From our state-of-the-art scanning technology, to our health coaches, to our partnerships with other wellness businesses, we are committed to giving you peace of mind and the wellness resources you need to thrive.