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9 Physical Signs Of Good Health: A Checklist

9 Physical Signs Of Good Health: A Checklist

We all know how important it is to get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet. However, some of us are so busy that we neglect our health. For example, not going to the doctor can lead to even more severe problems down the road. One way to ensure you’re taking care of yourself is paying attention to your body’s physical signs of good health. While there are many other signs to look for, the ones in this article are just some that you should note. 

However, consider them unofficial. No article can replace a doctor’s advice, so don’t skip periodic check-ups, even if you satisfy all the signs of good health listed below.

9 Physical Signs Of Good Health

You Have Bowel Movement The Same Time Every Day

Healthy bowel movement is a sign of an optimal digestive system. It also shows that you are adequately hydrated and have enough fiber in your diet. If your stool type is solid like sausage, not watery and blood-ridden, it means your digestive system works correctly.

You Maintain Stable Body Weight

People are different. Some are naturally slim, others a bit bulkier. A healthy person does not have to be skinny or ripped like a bodybuilder. As long as your body mass index (BMI) is within the normal range (i.e., between 19-25), you are in a health zone. 

However, if your weight changes erratically but you have not changed your lifestyle and diet, it may signify that something is wrong with your body. For example, you eat as usual and are active, but you suddenly gain or lose weight. 

Stable body weight also signifies that you don’t sit a lot, don’t eat a lot of food, and eat smaller meals.

You Wake Up Pain-Free

Suppose you suffer from acute problems like appendicitis or arthritis, for example, since their primary symptom is pain, you will know where the pain is coming from.

If you wake up experiencing extreme pain without an apparent cause (e.g., over-training, running, standing too much, etc.) or know what brought it out, like you hit your elbow while working, then there is cause for concern. You may need to get a doctor’s opinion.

Waking up in the morning without pain is one of the signs of good health. However, if you are constantly waking up in pain for no apparent reason, it could represent a health problem such as fibromyalgia.

You Wake Up Energized And Without Difficulties

You Wake Up Energized And Without Difficulties

First, this is a good sign that you slept enough (between 7 -8 hours), and secondly, you have a stable circadian rhythm. An unstable circadian rhythm can cause many disorders, such as, 

  • insomnia
  • fatigue and exhaustion
  • tiredness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • mood swings
  • bad judgment
  • aches and pains
  • stomach issues

You Do Not Suffer From Bad Breath

You may have eaten something that may temporarily cause bad breath, such as onions or garlic.

However, if you have constant bad breath, it may signify a health issue, such as caries or gingivitis. If these are not the cause, it could be a sign of something more serious, such as sinus infection, bronchitis, or even cancer. If your bad breath does not go away, you should get the issue checked by a doctor.

Your muscles are defined. Discounting The Abdomen, Your Arms, Legs, And Chest Area Show Definition

A healthy person should at least see some of his muscles. If you do not see them, you probably have too much body fat and are not within the healthy BMI range. 

Also, your muscle strength should be balanced. Typically, the muscles of the right arm are slightly stronger if you are a righty, but the muscles in the legs should be more balanced. If, for example, the muscles of the right leg are larger and stronger than the left leg, it may result from some medical condition that makes you unburden one leg, such as a bad knee or foot.

9 Physical Signs Of Good Health: A Checklist

You Are Not Short Of Breath When Climbing One Or Two Floor

It is not uncommon for some people to be out of breath when climbing a couple of floors. It may be a sign of an underlying condition.

The most common is heart disease. When your heart doesn’t pump enough blood to meet the demands of your body, you might experience shortness of breath. 

Other common causes include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and diabetes. 

Diabetes can damage the pancreas’ insulin-producing cells, which can affect how quickly sugar gets into your cells and cause shortness of breath when climbing one floor.

There may be other reasons you have shortness of breath when climbing a couple of floors. It could be that you are seriously out shape, ill, or have an unknown, underlying health issue. If it happens continually, you should get a medical check-up.

You Are A Fast Healer

The lifestyle choices you make also affect how you heal. For example, some people might smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol which slows down the healing process because smoking decreases blood flow to the heart and increases clotting time. In contrast, drinking alcohol can lead to dehydration which hinders the body’s ability to heal itself. Those same people might choose not to exercise or eat properly, making them slower healers, as well.

Your Hair And Nails Are Strong

Male pattern baldness, per se, is not a disease. But hair loss in a disorderly or localized manner (i.e., telogen effluvium) demonstrates something wrong. A change in hair thickness is also troubling.

Weakening of the nails, a color change, or fragility may indicate a systemic illness or vitamin or mineral deficiency. 

Summary

These signs of good health can help you determine your health status, and if you need to make certain habits and lifestyle changes to improve your physical condition. Healthy habits can lower your risk of chronic health conditions and cut your risk of developing a disability.

Skimping on sleep can cause you to feel more stressed, anxious, and irritable. Eating healthy can help you maintain a healthy weight and can decrease your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Not getting enough exercise can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, increased risk of diabetes, and more. 

The 9 signs of good health mentioned above are not guaranteed that all is ok, but they are a good barometer to keep you on point.