You’ve Checked Your Car Ready For The Colder Months But Have You Considered Giving Yourself a Winter Health Check?

The Christmas holiday period can be a busy time. It can also be a time of over-indulgence, whether that be drinking more alcohol than usual, having more late nights or eating lots of ‘naughty’ foods. So, it’s no surprise that health matters are not a top priority for anyone at this time of year.

However, it’s important to take a small amount of time out of your daily life (even in December!) to make sure you’re looking after your body. Most people make it a priority to check their cars ahead of the colder winter months, but unfortunately the same can’t be said for getting a winter health check up!  Your health and wellbeing can affect every aspect of your life and if you keep on top of it you’ll reap the benefits and feel in tip top shape for the party season!

At Pall Mall Medical, we offer Wellman and Wellwoman health screening packages which focus on a range of key health checks to provide you with detailed picture of your health. Each screen is tailored for men and women and performed in a comfortable and relaxed setting. The appointment covers all aspects of your lifestyle, family history, your own medical history, and a blood test to look for possible future problems.

Also included is a report, detailing the results and findings including things that may be of concern as well as follow-up advice. If you’d like even more detail, you can include extra checks such as MRI scans, allergy tests and further blood tests – these can be discussed during your appointment with the doctor and can be arranged at the same time. The standard Wellwoman and Wellman screening for under 45’s costs £210  –  for over 45’s it’s £240. However, these can be tailored to your own needs and preferences.

Depending on the results of your screening, your GP will recommend the next best steps for you to take, so you can improve your health and wellbeing in the new year.

As well as getting a Winter health check here’s some top tips from our GP Dr. Tang to keep you and your family fit and healthy, even when your body is telling you to hibernate!

Banish Winter Tiredness

Many people feel tired and sluggish during winter. This is due to the lack of sunlight, which disrupts our sleep and waking cycles.

Try these tips:

Get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible.

Get a good night’s sleep – go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

Destress with exercise or meditation – stress has been shown to make you feel tired.

Eat More Fruit And Veg

When it’s cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food. However, it’s important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include five portions of fruit and veg a day.

If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a juicy clementine or satsuma instead.

Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal for the whole family. Explore varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat.

Drink More Milk

You are more likely to get a cold in winter, so make sure your immune system is in tip-top condition.

Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of:

  • Protein
  • Vitamins A and B12
  • Calcium, which helps keep our bones strong

Choose semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk – rather than full-fat – and low-fat plain yoghurts

Try New Activities For The Whole Family

Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. Instead, get out with the whole family to try out a new activity –maybe ice skating, or taking a bracing winter walk on the beach or through the park.

Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system, and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house.

Have A Hearty Breakfast

Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre.

These foods give you energy and help you feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals.

Make your porridge with semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk, or water, and don’t add sugar or salt. Add a sliced banana, berries or other fruit for extra flavour and to help you hit your 5 a day target.

For further information about our private Health Screening services or to book an appointment, please contact our customer service team on 0330 058 44 55, complete our enquiry form or email us on gp@pallmallmedical.co.uk