The ultimate open secret that can guarantee you constant good health is not in treating every new disease as speedily as possible, but preventing them. However, the culture in Nairobi is that of a reactive approach in managing health; that is, you do not go to the hospital unless you fall sick. You do not fix anything until it breaks, or threatens to. Good health is a most important gift you can award yourself without which, you cannot fully enjoy all that life offers. Accidents and diseases are common barriers to good health and while you may not be able to prevent the former, the later is in your hands.
Many a Nairobian supposes that so long as he eats regularly, his/her health is taken care of. The truth is, maintaining good health is more than eating regularly. If you wish to keep diseases at bay, you should consider introducing the following two preventive health care measures into your lifestyle:
- Eat a Balanced Diet
Many of us eat regularly but the wrong way. There’s a vast difference between a menu and a balanced diet. Do not overindulge in a particular type of food at the expense of the rest. The body needs various types of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. Much reasoning should go with it. Wheat for example is a food option that can be made into various products, from cakes to spaghetti and therefore including both in one meal plan means having double of the same food group.
A balanced diet means eating a variety of nutritious foods in moderation. This way, you will have prevented a good number of health complications that visit those who do not strike the right balance when it comes to a menu plan.
- Regular Exercise
There is another belief amongst many Nairobi residents, that as long you climb the stairs or walk to work, you need no further physical exercise. That’s not always the case, even if it works for some. Performing hard labor that leaves you exhausted is not necessarily exercise. Walking is a good form of exercise however it is limited in focusing on parts of your body such as your shoulders, neck, arms and back. Worse, there is a class of people that hardly walk. In this age of cars, planes and video games, it is easy to forget to take a refreshing walk.
If you are at risk of gaining excess weight, a regular exercise monitored by a competent instructor will keep you in better shape. Physiotherapy clinics are now becoming more popular because they offer fitness exercises that go beyond what one can expect at a traditional gym. You should consider such exercise as one of the preventive (as opposed to reactive) healthcare options your body needs to remain fit. For instance, activities designed for upper body strengthening will work to improve your lung and heart functions. That will, in turn, lower your chance of developing hypertension, cholesterol issues and other heart diseases associated with inactivity.
Old age now brings with it more complications than ever before, from mobility issues to chronic diseases. Physiotherapy that can strengthen the system against these diseases and keep them at bay. Moreover, you also get periodic guidance from a physiotherapist on how to live a healthy lifestyle in your old age.
Preventive health care will require a minimal lifestyle adjustment from you, but the benefits are enormous. If you understand the cost of treating chronic diseases in Nairobi, then you would appreciate the value of preventive measures like well-thought nutrition and physiotherapy. As the saying goes, ‘make hay when the sun shines.’