Getting an annual physical – giving your body some regular maintenance

Today I did something I never expected to do at the age of 38 – go for a stress test.

While it was more precautionary due to family history, I have to admit I was pretty nervous.

We’ve all heard stories of people going in for a simple stress test and being tossed in the hospital after just a few steps on the treadmill. But thankfully everything was fine – my ticker is in tip-top-shape.

Many health insurance providers allow for yearly physicals as part of preventative care, and my wife and I have been taking advantage of that for several years now. The unfortunate reality is that many people don’t often visit a general practitioner until there’s something wrong with them.

We assume if we’re young that there’s no reason for yearly physicals evaluating our overall health levels. But many times if we can change the way in which we’re treating our bodies early on it might just help us live a longer, uncomplicated life with the ones we love.

Many studies have argued the effectiveness of annual physicals, but just as a car’s engine needs regular maintenance to run properly, so does our body. If all you ever hear during regular physical examinations is “you’re in great shape” – is that really that much of an inconvenience?

Elbert Hubbard once said, “If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need.”

Ask your insurance provider if yearly physicals are a part of your plan. We only have one body to live in and isn’t it up to us to take care of it?


2 thoughts on “Getting an annual physical – giving your body some regular maintenance

  1. Great post CJ and great advice! Fortunately, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it has been required by law for several years now that all insurance plans cover 100% of all yearly physicals.

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