Are You Taking Better Care of Your Car Than Your Body?

We take the time wash them, wax them, cover them, cringe at the slightest dent or scratch, and religiously maintain them with a vast assortment of products. We check tire pressure, oil levels, and buy premium fuel. In short, we rarely neglect our cars.

If only we paid as much attention to our bodies. A 2012 study revealed that we spend more time researching which car to buy than which doctor to visit. A recent article in Positive Potential Medicine disclosed that men in their 20s and 30s act as if their bodies are still under warranty and rarely see a doctor until something goes wrong. Young women are usually better in this regard, seeing their family doctors regularly for pap smears, contraceptive advice and prenatal care.

Your Skin vs. Car’s Skin

If you’re like most Americans, you probably spend a good deal of time worrying about your car’s finish. You wash your car regularly, buy high quality car wax and polishes, and shield your car from too much sunlight by parking it in the garage or covering it with a car cover. But do you take the same care with your skin? Do you “park” your body in the sun at the beach or outdoors without sunscreen? The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends you use a SPF of 15 or higher whenever you spend time outdoors. Do have a regular skin check up with your dermatologist? Do you let your skin dry out without protecting it with moisturizing creams?

Tire Pressure vs. Blood Pressure

You probably check your car’s tire pressure before every trip or season change. Most newer cars have a built-in sensor that activates a dash light if your tires are under or over inflated, so you’re really checking your tire pressure daily. But how often do you check your blood pressure? High blood pressure is a serious health condition that can expose you to a heart attack, stroke and other problems. The American Heart Association recommends having your blood pressure checked at least every two years if your blood pressure remains below the healthy standard 120/80 (more often if you’re pre-hypertensive).

Fluid Levels vs. Body Fluids

If you’re like most car owners, you check your car’s fluid levels often. That includes engine oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid. If you’re too busy or don’t have the time or inclination to do so, you at least have these fluids checked by a service provider when you take your car in for scheduled maintenance every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. But how often do you check your blood for early warning signs of possible threats to your health – like high cholesterol, iron deficiency, or elevated sugar levels that may lead to diabetes? How often you have bloodwork done is mostly up to your doctor. WebMD notes that some health organizations recommend that everyone ages 20 to 79 be checked every 4 to 6 years for the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Over-Packing vs. Overweight

You know that packing your car with too much stuff can lead to steering and control problems, especially at high speeds. It puts extra stress on your car’s springs and joints. So chances are, you don’t over pack the trunk or top off the roof rack with too much weight. But are you as concerned about over-packing your body with too many pounds? Being overweight can lead to all sorts of health problems, especially if you push your body by running or engaging in vigorous exercise with all that extra weight. It puts extra stress on your joints. Check WebMD’s body calculator for your healthy weight.

 

 

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Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

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Quanta Kiran2 years ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

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Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard2 years ago

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Miriam VOICEfortheVOICELE

Thanks so much for sharing!

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Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell2 years ago

Thank you

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Carol S.
Carol S2 years ago

I definitely spend more time and attention on my own health. My car is a grand car, it gets regular checkups but certainly isn't pampered. It needs a wash right now!

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Julia Cabrera-Woscek

Hahahaha, good similarity article. Needed to be said.

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S2 years ago

no,i don't have car :)

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