During the economic downturn just a few years back, many people were out of jobs and unemployment was at a record high. That means we had a lot of uninsured folks out there with the same health and dental needs that they always had. The only difference was that many were neglecting to go to the doctor and dentist during this period of time. I can completely understand that many people couldn’t afford to pay their mortgages let alone the full breadth of a medical or dental bill without any help from insurance. Fast forward several years later, an extremely low unemployment rate, and favorable economic times ahead, and we are seeing the same trends from the down turn. People simply are avoiding doctors and dentists and the perceived costs that come along with them. Let me take a moment to remind you of the true cost of avoiding these necessities rather than focusing on the cost of making them.
Your dental needs and concerns can build up greatly if you miss too many of those 6 month appointments. Tartar build up can quickly lead to periodontal disease which can lead to dentures and an unpleasant life. Not to mention the extreme cost of these dental procedures even if you are insured. These days you can find discounts, and even rewards, when you shop for a local dentist. Even dental wholesalers have rewards programs with Apple products. It’s a different time and rewards are the best ways to acquire new customers.
Avoiding a visit to the doctor is just as bad, if not worse, then avoiding the dentist. Both are equally important to keep up with, but things can go south much quicker when it comes to unforeseen issues with your entire body. In this day and age we have so many preventative and early stage treatments and cures that a matter of months can mean the difference between life and death. A routine visit to the doctor can catch the early onset of deadly diseases, and at the very least, they can provide security and peace of mind when you get a clean bill of health.
First and foremost, let’s talk diet. As mentioned above, we eat entirely too much of processed foods that, while convenient, contain preservatives and other fillers that make them affordable and convenient, but ultimately rob them of much of their nutritional value. Therefore, you’re going to want to replace these problematic food items with home cooked meals made with fresh ingredients. This will take an investment in both time and money, but it’s well worth it when you start to shed excess weight, have more energy, and a litany of other benefits you’ll see both immediately and in the long term.
Another problem with modern fitness is the passive lifestyle we all lead. We’re largely sedentary, as we sit at work, or at least the lucky ones do, we sit on the drive home, and we sit for fun. This is a major detriment to our core muscles that would normally be hard at work keeping us upright, and this can lead to chronic back pains, hernias, and more. Therefore, it’s time to get up off the couch and start leading a more actively life. Simply going for more walks, or even opting to walk instead of drive when possible, will make a world of difference. You can also invest in a standing desk to mitigate the damage of a desk job. Along with this more active regimen comes exercise and, if you’d like, some assistance from Bodybuilding.com.