7 ways to spring clean your health3 minute read
It’s the season of cleaning, so before you start dusting, decluttering and scrubbing your home, why not focus on your most valuable asset?
To get you started, we’ve put together seven simple ways to tidy up your own health.
1. Tackle the teeth
It’s important to have a check-up with your dentist every six months to get an examination, scale, clean and fluoride treatment – and the start of spring is the perfect opportunity to make an appointment! nib offers a number of policies which include benefits for general dental treatment and if you visit an nib dental care centre, you could get 100% back* on dental check-ups.
2. Tidy up your training routine
Not only can exercise reduce your risk of heart attack, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, it can also improve your energy levels, mood and sleep. If you need some help tidying-up your current training regime, check-out our article on 5 free health apps.
3. Slap on some sunscreen
As the weather starts to warm up, it’s even more essential that you slather on the SPF. If you have a suspicious looking mole or skin lesion, it’s time to visit your doctor or skin specialist. To find a local skin specialist, check the online health care provider directory, Whitecoat where you can search a range of providers, by their location and online reviews. You can also find out whether they accept on-the-spot HICAPS payments and for some, even book appointments online.
4. Pick-up on your peepers
It may be glaringly obvious, but you should aim to have your eyes checked by an optometrist at least every two years, and more regularly if you notice any eye problems. nib has a number of eyecare centres across Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne which provide 100% back* on a selection of contact lenses and single vision prescription glasses if your policy includes extras benefits.
5. Turn off the tech
Have you ever found yourself zoning out in front of the TV of an evening, or scrolling aimlessly through Facebook while sipping your morning coffee? The overuse of technology is not doing your health any favours, so this spring, make a commitment to switch it off and spend more time outdoors. Whether you take your dog for a walk, head to the park and kick a footy, or go for a dip in the ocean, the fresh air will do you a world of good.
6. Dust-up on your breathing
You breathe without thinking, so you don’t need to practice it… right? Wrong. Deep breathing is when the air coming through your nose fills up your lungs and causes your lower belly to rise. This type of breathing encourages full oxygen exchange and can lower your heart rate and stabilise blood pressure.
Deep breathing can lower your heart rate and stabilise blood pressure
7. Review your private health
Our health needs change as we get older, so make sure you have the right level of cover. For example, if you’re not yet covered for heart-related procedures, it might be a good idea to upgrade; or, if you’ve just joined the local footy team, it might be time to add physio to your cover.
Check out your policy in Online Services or call us on 13 16 42 for a cover review.
*Subject to waiting periods, annual limits and other conditions