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Ways to Take Care of Yourself That Don’t Include the Gym

When someone asks the question “how healthy are you?” you might usually jump to how physically fit you are, and what food you’re putting in your body. However, there are plenty of other things that contribute to your overall health. Someone could work out at the gym five times a week, but go to the dentist and be told they need five fillings and treatment for gum disease. Someone could eat all of the rights things, but eat their healthy meals whilst sitting in the hot sun without sunscreen on. Health is about looking after your entire body’s health not just thephysical. Here are a few things that should be included in your health care routine to ensure you are taking care of the whole of your body.


Consider Your Hair, Skin, and Nails.

Heat is not good for any of these, and if you owned a pair of straighteners when you were too young to know better about heat protection, you might have found out about this the hard way for your hair. As humans, we can be extremely precious about our hair, and avoid the hairdressers due to them always wanting to take more than an inch off. However, though a haircut every six weeks has been discredited as unnecessary,  you still need to rid your hair of the split ends that could lead to a head of dead hair. A cut doesn’t need to be extremely elaborate; just a trim would suffice and help to keep your hair healthy. If you do suspect your hair is in a bad way, maybe take some inspiration from a site like, or your favourite celebrity styles, and see if you can still love your hair at a shorter length. Relieving your hair of the dead ends will help it to shine more and make it easier to style. As well as dead hair, you will also want to keep on top of removing any dry skin by exfoliating a few times a week and moisturising every day. If you are going out in the sun, your skin needs to be protected against the harmful rays. These rays can lead to a whole host of things including damaged skin, skin cancer, and premature ageing, so it is essential for your health that you protect your skin at all times. Rays can even come through on a cloudy day, so if you are in the heat of summer make a habit of applying sunscreen half an hour before you go in the sun. Your nails can act as a window, showing any health problems you may be suffering with. It is a smart idea to take good care of them, and look out for abnormalities that could be a sign something is wrong.


Consider Your Teeth, Ears, and Eyes.

All of the above need to be checked regularly. It is recommended you visit a dentist for a check-up every six months, and get your eyes checked every 1 to 2 years. Even though you may not think there’s a problem it can show up any potential problems and make sure you are taking proper care of yourself. Eye tests can even show early signs of diabetes, so even if you don’t wear glasses, and aren’t squinting to see things, it is still recommended you have a checkup. Hearing tests are recommended more frequently as it is harder to spot deterioration in hearing when compared with the symptoms of a toothache or poor eyesight.   


Though having time out to take care of your mental health, and concentrating on a healthy lifestyle when it comes to food and exercise is important, they are not the only things that if neglected could put you in the doctor’s chair. Having a routine that encompasses the entirety of you, will ensure that you stay healthy, and the doctor stays away.

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