Here are 7 quick tests that you can do to evaluate the condition of your body. Most of the time, it’s best to find out about a health problem as early as possible in order to avoid even more harm and discomfort in the future.
Bright Side wants to keep you healthy, so we encourage you to perform these tests. And at the end of the article, there is a bonus to help you understand how to get rid of a headache.
Amsler’s test helps identify macular degeneration, a condition that makes the eyesight less sharp. Macular degeneration usually appears among people older than 50 and progresses very quickly. It can lead to complete blindness.
The test should be done in a well-lit room. Put the picture 10-15 inches from your eyes. Don’t lean your head forward or to the side and don’t squint.
Cover one eye with your hand, and look at the point without blinking for ten seconds. Do the same with the other eye.
If all the lines are even, without any distortions, cuts or gray spots, it means that your retina is perfectly healthy. However, if you notice that in some part of the picture the lines are noticeably curved, you should see a doctor immediately.
Intense physical exercises are not recommended for elderly people and people who have some cardiovascular conditions. Before you do any physical activity, you should perform a few simple tests.
- Find your pulse, counts the beats per minute.
- Do 20 squats.
- Count the pulse again.
If the number of beats increased by 25%, it means that you are absolutely okay. If the difference is 25-50%, it means that your cardiovascular system is weak. If the number of beats increased by more than 50%, you need to see a doctor. You might have a developing condition.
- Walk up to the fourth floor, don’t run, just take the stairs. Walk calmly but not slowly.
- Find your pulse and count the beats per minute.
If your pulse is around 120 beats per minute, you are okay. If your pulse is more than 120 beats per minute, or you started panting or experiencing chest pain, you should see a doctor.
Even when you are experiencing intense physical activity, your heart rate shouldn’t be higher than the limit. The limit is different for different ages. To calculate it, subtract your age from 220. For example, 220 – 40 = 180, which means that your heart rate shouldn’t be higher than 180 beats per minute.
Elderly people and people who have heart conditions should multiply the number by 0.5 and 0.6.
220 – 60 = 160
160 х 0.5 = 80
160 х 0.6 = 96
So, your heart rate while doing physical exercises should be from 80 to 96 beats per minute.
Stand naturally and ask someone to watch you. If your back becomes more round by 45° or more and your hips come forward, this indicates a serious spinal curvature and you might have kyphosis. The concavity of the spine also indicates that there is something wrong with your spine. In this case, you should see a doctor to get the exact diagnosis and treatment.
There is another simple test that can indicate that you have a rounded back. Take 2 pencils or pens in your hands and put your hands down alongside your body. If the pencils are parallel to each other, it means that your posture is fine. If the pencils point at each other, it means you have a rounded back.
Ask someone to watch you or to take some photographs of you. Use a ruler (or simply do it in your imagination) to form a line from your earlobe to the bone in your shoulder. If the line is straight, you are okay. If the earlobe is a little further than the bone, it indicates that you have problems with your posture.
Nowadays almost everyone has a rounded back. It is often caused by a sedentary lifestyle. In order to set your posture right, try to keep a straight back when working and do special exercises.
The following tests will help you evaluate the functioning of your respiratory system, the oxygen distribution across your body, and find out if you have any problems with blood circulation.
Sit down and take a few deep breaths. Breathe out. Then take a deep breath and hold it. It’s better to hold the nose with your hand. Use a timer to track how long you can hold your breath. The normal result for a healthy person shouldn’t be less than 40 seconds for men and 30 seconds for women.
After 5 minutes, take a few deep breaths again and then hold your breath after you fully breathe out. A healthy person can spend 25-40 seconds like this. By the way, athletes have higher results, so using your result, you can estimate how trained your body is.
Bonus: what your headache is trying to tell you:
Headaches can be different, both in terms of intensity and location.
- If you feel a headache in the front of your head, it means that you are not sleeping enough.
- If your headache is located in the back of your head, it is a signal of high-stress levels. Relax more and you will feel better.
- Finally, if you have a headache in the upper part of your head, it might mean that you are not getting enough food and water. Change your diet habits.
We want all of you to always stay healthy! Share your results in the comment section below!