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A bit of a ramble so bear with me.

Back a few years ago, I saw two cardiologists as I noticed my heart would spike after around three hours of exercise (never under that time). It would shoot up for around 20 seconds then come back for five minutes. This would happen a number of times. Sometimes it stopped other times, I had decided to stop. There were no symptoms - I only realised it was happening because I wear a HRM when training/racing.

One was a sports cardiologist and the other a regular cardiologist. Both said there was nothing wrong and basically it could be a virus or just my make-up. I saw the cardiologist again last year and again, no blockages, not electrical and the standard minor hardening of the arteries for my age - but nothing wrong or not normal. He told me to see him in ten years ! 

Last year and this year I went to a physio and she advised, whilst my knee aches a little, all my joints are in very good shape for my age. She told me not to stop what I'm doing.

Finally, I got my bloods done last week and receive the results today. Apart from a slightly higher glucose level (just outside normal), everything else was excellent. Kidney/liver/thyroid function, cholesterol, all blood markers,  iron, excellent PSA (of a 25 year old). The whole lot where very good. I head off tomorrow to see the specialist and book in for a colonoscopy (my mother passed away from bowel cancer). This will be the 4th time I've had the procedure and no problems so far. I should be fine. 

After all that, apart from my weight and continual monitoring of skin cancers, it looks like I'm in pretty good shape. I want to explore more on my gut health and mental health and how they can be measured. To me, if I can get my all these right - gut, weight, total bloods, organs functioning, PSA levels, skeletal, mental health OK -  then these are my measures.

 So, how do you measure your health and well being ? How do you know your level and the right level ? Are there any other things I/we should be thinking of ?

FM  

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13 minutes ago, Flanman said:

So, how do you measure your health and well being ? How do you know your level and the right level ? Are there any other things I/we should be thinking of ?

I do exactly what you've done and have similar results (although no heart fluctuations). I've always figured if you eat OK and exercise a bit your body will generally serve you well.  If there was a single thing I could change it would be to have less stress. I let too many little things bother me.

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Tick to all the above, and my recent decision to take 9 months Long Service Leave should account for any stress 😁

Unless the list of "projects " gets too long, then I might have to go back to work. 

Flannie should have it covered too.

Aren't you "retiring "?

 

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How well you are sleeping is a good indicator of health and well being

Not enough sleep means too much stress on body, poor diet, too much screen time. 

Patchy sleep as above poor diet, dehydration 

Over sleeping also indicator of fatigue,  irregular sleeping patterns. 

IMO

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2 hours ago, Flanman said:

A bit of a ramble so bear with me.

Back a few years ago, I saw two cardiologists as I noticed my heart would spike after around three hours of exercise (never under that time). It would shoot up for around 20 seconds then come back for five minutes. This would happen a number of times. Sometimes it stopped other times, I had decided to stop. There were no symptoms - I only realised it was happening because I wear a HRM when training/racing.

One was a sports cardiologist and the other a regular cardiologist. Both said there was nothing wrong and basically it could be a virus or just my make-up. I saw the cardiologist again last year and again, no blockages, not electrical and the standard minor hardening of the arteries for my age - but nothing wrong or not normal. He told me to see him in ten years ! 

Last year and this year I went to a physio and she advised, whilst my knee aches a little, all my joints are in very good shape for my age. She told me not to stop what I'm doing.

Finally, I got my bloods done last week and receive the results today. Apart from a slightly higher glucose level (just outside normal), everything else was excellent. Kidney/liver/thyroid function, cholesterol, all blood markers,  iron, excellent PSA (of a 25 year old). The whole lot where very good. I head off tomorrow to see the specialist and book in for a colonoscopy (my mother passed away from bowel cancer). This will be the 4th time I've had the procedure and no problems so far. I should be fine. 

After all that, apart from my weight and continual monitoring of skin cancers, it looks like I'm in pretty good shape. I want to explore more on my gut health and mental health and how they can be measured. To me, if I can get my all these right - gut, weight, total bloods, organs functioning, PSA levels, skeletal, mental health OK -  then these are my measures.

 So, how do you measure your health and well being ? How do you know your level and the right level ? Are there any other things I/we should be thinking of ? 

FM  

I use my mental health / mood as a good indicator of my over all health. I feel at my best when I'm doing a bit of light training, eating well and drinking plenty of water.

I think there is a difference between fitness and health and well being. Some of the fittest people are mentally unstable narcissists twats.

 

 

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13 hours ago, Bored@work said:

I think there is a difference between fitness and health and well being. Some of the fittest people are mentally unstable narcissists twats.

Exactly!  I was headed that way until the universe intervened. Fitness does not necessarily equal health & well-being.

 

To Flannies question, I mostly gauge it by how I feel, and how I feel during/after exercise.  Def not by how I look as they say I look pretty fit at 67kgs but.....

My GP ordered a barrage of blood tests the other day as I'd not had them done for a decade and they were good apart from cholesterol a bit high (6.5, bad chol 4.5) and my PSA 7 (sounds high but is actually OK for me as I've had prostate problems for decades, so they track the change in PSA every 6mths - it's not so much about the actual level but any big change).  Also now use a CPAP machine for sleep apnea (much better sleep as a result) and knees are problematic.  Take a very low dose anti-depressant which was needed during 6 yrs of chronic knee pain.

One thing I learned over that 6yrs was to treat 'experts' with healthy suspicion.  Sure get their advice, but also do your own research and in particular talk to others who have the same health problems, and find people who solved their problems.  Those people were my best source of advice by far. No one knows your body & mind like yourself.

One of my measures of fitness is swim times.  If I can hold six 100s in the low 1:30s on a 2:30 cycle, then do a 400m TT in around 7:00, I know my fitness is holding.  In the past, I'd have gauged it through 1km run repeats (ability to hold sub 4:30 for 8-14 repeats on a 5:30 cycle), but that's over now.

 

 

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