Who would have imagined at the beginning of the year that we were going to end up in the situation we’re in now? COVID-19 has impacted our country in a way nobody could have anticipated.
While we’re still very much stuck in a lockdown situation, it’s hard not to think about what happens when this is over and things start getting back to normal. Has it made you think about your own health in a new way? Perhaps you’re thinking of changing your habits or getting a full health check up in London? There are lessons we can all learn from this time that could be a serious wake-up call to how we manage our health.
What actions will you take in our post-COVID-19 world?
Are you as healthy as you think you are?
Right now, many of us have more time on our hands than we would have ever imagined. Staying at home has meant some significant changes to our lifestyles, and has probably already made you question some of your existing habits.
It’s easy to take things like exercise for granted when the option to do it is always there. Don’t feel like going to the gym today? It will still be there tomorrow. Ditching your yoga class for after-work drinks? There’s always next week. But right now, these options aren’t there, and some of the things you’d usually do to stay healthy are off-limits for the time being. You might have thought you lived a fairly healthy lifestyle, but lockdown has probably highlighted a lot of the things you weren’t doing enough of before.
In many ways, COVID-19 has made people become more active than they were before. A daily walk, run or cycle outside has become something to look forward to, and it seems that everyone is finding ways to work out in their living rooms or build a home gym.
Meanwhile, eating habits are also changing. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board has looked into the impact of lockdown on our eating habits, finding people are eating more meals than they usually would in the home, and expecting this to continue post-lockdown as people become wary of where they go, as well as trying to bounce back from the economic impact that lockdown is having.
Without the option of going out to eat or getting your favourite takeaway, home-cooked meals are fast becoming the norm. But is this something you’ll keep up post-COVID-19 or will the penchant for processed and fast food return?
How can you avoid being in the ‘vulnerable’ category?
Something else that has been surprising about COVID-19 is the volume of people placed in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ category. Among those the NHS has classed as vulnerable include those with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure and others. Many of these conditions can be treated or even avoided through a healthy lifestyle, which could be the wake-up call many people need to change their habits for the better.
Some of the things you may be doing now while at home could continue as habits post-COVID 19, such as:
- Daily exercise, especially outdoors – helping to build up your cardio health, strength and flexibility.
- Enjoying short, effective workouts as part of your routine.
- Cooking more meals from scratch and avoiding salty, processed foods.
- Ensure you are not deficient in essential nutrients; consider taking a daily supplement of 10μg (400 IU) of vitamin D.
- Maintaining better hygiene habits, like washing your hands and keeping surfaces disinfected.
Being in the vulnerable category means an increased risk of catching a serious illness, so if it can be avoided, wouldn’t you want to try to change for the better? Not only that, but visiting a hospital right now for anything other than an emergency puts you at risk, so it’s likely you’ll want to avoid being in a situation where you’d need medical treatment.
Why should you consider a full health check up in London following coronavirus?
Once lockdown is over, you should take a closer look at your health and make some decisions that will improve it for the better in the long-term. Eating better, giving up smoking, drinking less and exercising are all ways you can improve your lifestyle, but you might also pay closer attention to what’s going on inside your body to help prevent serious illness.
This is where a full health check can be valuable. A full health assessment is a preventative measure against many serious conditions, helping you detect diseases at an early stage and thereby getting prompt treatment to avoid things becoming more serious. As part of your self-care, a full health check up will help you get a clearer picture of your health so that you can make better decisions going forward.
Being on lockdown has taken away many of the things we enjoy, and you’ll want to make the most of things once restrictions are lifted. To do this, you’ll want to be fit and healthy, and a full health check up in London is a great way to start.
The Covid-19 pandemic highlights the importance of preventative health and attending a full health check up.
How can you benefit from a full health check up in London?
A full health check up in London provides greater insight into your health. Using the combination of medical history, physical examination, blood tests, ECG and focused imaging using some of the most advanced diagnostic technologies available, an advanced health assessment can detect over 90% of the causes of premature death, allowing you to seek fast treatment while things are still in their early stages. We accept that early detection and prevention is better than cure, so the sooner you can pick up on potentially life-threatening conditions, the better.
Including amongst others, mole scanning, advanced cardiac assessment, early cancer screening, bone density measurement and digital mammograms for women, a full health check-up can provide you with the peace of mind and assurance you need that you’re in a good state of health. At Echelon Health, we are able to provide you with an in-depth, personal assessment, while also making the necessary referrals to top specialists if there are issues that need addressing.
If one of your goals once lockdown is over is to focus on your health, as well as make the most of life, then consider undergoing a full health check-up. Find out more about Echelon Health today and see how we can benefit your future health.Request a call back
NHS – Who’s at higher risk from coronavirus
AHDB – How will Covid-19 lockdown impact our eating habits?