Guys – here’s the sad truth: Most of us take better care of our cars than ourselves. Think about it. You give your ride a tune-up every 3,000 miles or so, check the brakes at 30,000 miles, and if there’s the slightest noise that doesn’t sound healthy – it’s off to the auto mechanic! However, when it comes to your body – you probably ignore some pretty important signs that something might not be working right. So, here’s what you need to do to keep YOUR engine running smoothly, courtesy of Psychology Today magazine.
- Your TUNE-UP schedule. See a doctor twice in your 20s, three times in your 30s, and four times in your 40s. After 50 – you want to get a yearly check-up.
- Your FUEL. Have no more than two alcoholic drinks a day. Don’t smoke, eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains, and limit your saturated fats.
- To REV UP YOUR ENGINE: Get at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
OK – those are the basics. Now, for your road tests:
- Cholesterol: Have this blood test every five years, starting at age 35.
- Prostate cancer: Have an exam every year starting at age 50 – earlier if it runs in your family.
- Obesity: Every time you go for a check-up, have your doctor measure your height and weight to calculate your body mass index. If it’s more than 25, you need to lose weight.
When it comes to your standard LUBE JOBS:
- Get a flu shot every year starting at age 50.
- Get a tetanus-diphtheria shot every 10 years, throughout your life.
- Make sure you get a pneumonia shot once at age 65 – earlier if you have lung disease.