Ready for fall cleanup?

I spend lots of time in September/October getting the house ready for fall and winter. As I was struggling to clean the rain gutters this weekend, it occurred to me I should be putting equally as much time into fall cleanup and winter prep for my body…you know, a little medical self-care. At the very least, I should have a plan. Do you have a winter plan? Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Dust off your fitness club membership
  • Check your walking shoes for a good fit
  • Locate your walking hat, gloves, and flashing safety lights
  • Call your walking partner; set a date
  • Refresh your sunscreen (yes, you still need to wear it!)
  • Get your cholesterol and glucose (blood sugar) checked
  • Have your blood pressure checked
  • Write down your weight and waist measures; measure against them every 1-2 months
  • Get a flu shot!
  • Check your immunizations…shingles, tetanus, pneumonia
  • Schedule your preventive health checks: teeth cleaning, PSA, mammogram, pap smear, colonoscopy
  • Stock your pantry with high energy foods
Make your list; take good care of you!  Go into winter feeling good; you’re much more apt to have a healthy spring. What’s your plan to prepare your body for winter?