Have you been meaning to visit your doctor and have a check-up? Or have you been meaning to visit a counselor about a nagging issue that keeps rearing its ugly head, but you haven’t got round to it? Would you like to put your exercise regimen at the top of your priority list, but it keeps getting relegated to whether you have enough time at the end of the day?

Making time for these things can be hard. However prioritising your health is your business and you’re the one  responsible for making it happen.

This winter is a good time to chip away at those things you’ve been meaning to attend to. Making your health and wellbeing a priority and ticking things off your to-do list can make a big difference to your peace of mind and mental health.

This can be as simple as feeling as though you are becoming a better version of yourself by checking your blood pressure is in the normal range, or working towards being able to run 5km to improve your heart health for your future self.

Sometimes it can be the annoying niggles in your body that stop you from reaching your goals in the gym, or putting your shoes on to go for that run. Sore lower backs, shoulders or necks can be frustrating at the best of times. Deciding to get these things checked out by a professional is a good idea and important for you to be able to be consistent in your training and take your training to the next level (whatever that may be for you). This will also help prevent any ongoing musculoskeletal and medical issues.

Having a clean bill of health from your doctor is the ideal result. However if something unexpected does pop up; well, that’s the whole idea of having a check-up. It means you can take steps in your daily life to tackle health problems before they escalate, giving you the chance to create positive habits to hopefully reverse poor health.

For lingering aches or pains; book yourself in with a physiotherapist and get on the road to getting on top of it. The physiotherapist will provide treatment, advice and exercises to provide relief and help resolve the issue; integral in helping you make a full recovery. It might be a simple solution or require some work on your part, but the journey will be worth it in order to physically function as best you can.

“For lingering aches or pains; book yourself in with a physiotherapist and get on the road to getting on top of it.”

If you suffer from a chronic disease that’s debilitating you and affecting your quality of life – did you know that exercise has been proven to benefit numerous chronic disease states? It is just a matter of getting started. Even if it’s a few minutes every day of some gentle movement or walking, it will make a big difference in the long run to enabling you to function as the best version of yourself. Start out small, create a new habit and get excited about what you are capable of physically. Stick with it and you’ll find that over time your body will begin to feel capable of a little more every day. By the end of winter, you’ll be moving more freely and feel stronger than at the start of winter and you’ll notice how much more you are capable of physically.  Get in touch with a health professional if you aren’t sure where to start, but find something you can do and begin with that a little every day.

Let’s encourage each other to look after our bodies. We have one body we’re given at the start of our lives, it gives us lifelong service, let’s not neglect it but treat it with respect. Wouldn’t it be incredible if Waikato became the healthiest region in the whole of New Zealand? Ready to get a health check now?

Some chronic diseases that research has proven to benefit from exercise: insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, intermittent claudication, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, depression, asthma and type 1 diabetes.