Well & Good
You can be working out five times a week and doing everything by the book, but how do you know if all your hard work of healthy eating and regular exercise is actually paying off?
Good health is more than a slim physique and buffed muscles, and your body is pretty clever about letting you know when things are on-track, or not.
1. Your Urine is Light in Colour
Your urine isn't something you probably check all the time, but if it's light in colour you're in luck - your kidneys are in fine working order! Darker urine can indicate you're not drinking enough clear fluids.
2. You Have Regular Periods
Ladies, regular periods are a great way to know your reproductive system is healthy. Missed or delayed periods could indicate things like malnutrition, over-exertion or even polycystic ovaries.
3. Your Lips Are Pink and Uncracked
Cracked lips can be a result of dehydration, but small cracks in the corners of the lips can be caused by a lack of B vitamins and zinc.
4. Your Wounds Heal Quickly
Small wounds like cuts and grazes should generally heal within a day or two. But if you find they're taking a long time to close over (or never heal) you could have a problem with your body's blood clotting properties or have an infection brewing.
5. You Have a Good Resting Heart Rate
If your resting heart rate is between 60 to 80 beats per minute, good news - all that cardio is paying off. If it's higher than 80 you know that you need to add more cardio workouts like running, cycling and swimming into your weekly routine
6. Your Nails Are Pink and Soft
When you're healthy you nails will be pink, have a smooth surface and be firm to touch. If they have any of the following signs it's best to get checked by a doctor.
Weak, brittle nails: This comes with age, but can also be due to the overuse of salon treatments like acrylic nails or harsh nail polishes.
Yellow: If your nails have a slight yellow tinge to them it could possibly be a fungus (eww) or psoriasis, and best to get this one checked out.
Vertical ridges: This can be a result of hormonal changes, stress or even other diseases like diabetes or thyroid issues.
7. You Have Lots of Energy
If you're bounding out of bed each morning, chances are you're a healthy one. Good nutrition, adequate sleep and regular exercise mean you'll have enough energy to do most day-to-day tasks. If you're feeling tired and lethargic this could indicate poor sleep or nutrition, but could also be a result of a bigger health issue.
8. Your Body Mass Index is in Range
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a great sign of your overall health. It can give you a pretty good idea of whether you're underweight, overweight or an ideal weight for your height. Everyone is different so it's best to use a BMI calculator to get an accurate reading.
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