Why Should I Regularly Track My Vital Signs?

Vital signs are measurements that provide critical information about our body.

While they can be monitored in a medical setting, many of us tend to overlook the importance of tracking these vital signs at home.

This guide will look at why it is important to track your vital signs regularly at home, and how you can develop a habit of doing so.

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Vital signs that you should be tracking

Body temperature

Irregular body temperature provides an indicator or early sign of an infection. Abnormal fluctuations in body temperature are cause for concern. It is a key indicator of our body’s status.

For women, tracking your temperature also allows you to predict when you are going to ovulate and have a better idea of your menstrual cycle.

Blood pressure

Abnormal blood pressure signals underlying problems, like heart disease, and can lead to a medical emergency. Keeping track of your blood pressure allows you to assess if you need to make lifestyle adjustments, or if you require any medical treatment.

Heart rate

Heart rate is an indicator of our fitness level, emotional well-being, and health. A resting heart rate that is too high may be due to factors like dehydration, inactivity, and stress.

Tracking your heart rate during exercise can also help you gauge the intensity of your exercise, stay motivated, and monitor if you are overtraining.

Respiration

Respiration rate is the number of breaths a person takes per minute. This is usually measured when one is at rest and involves counting the number of breaths for one minute. Respiratory rate may fluctuate due to medical conditions or stressors, including emotional stress, heat, cold, fatigue, etc.

Weight

It is suggested that people who regularly weigh themselves are more likely to regulate or lose weight than those who don’t. The habit of weighing yourself regularly can also motivate the adoption of weight control behaviors, such as reducing your intake of snacks and desserts and exercising.

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The benefits of keeping track of your vital signs

Increase understanding of your body

Regularly checking your health vitals allows you to understand your own health trends and what is “normal” for your body. That means that when you notice any abnormal situation or fluctuation, you can take action or seek help immediately.

Assess your well-being

Tracking the vital signs above provides crucial information about your health. When needed, you can present this information to your medical professionals to assess your well-being. With this concrete information, it can be a useful tool for medical professionals to better assess your health and provide a correct diagnosis.

Optimize your lifestyle

Measuring weight and heart rate, for example, can be an indicator if we need to make certain lifestyle changes. Tracking these numbers can be a good motivation for us to adopt healthy habits and keep our vital signs in check.

For example, fluctuations in heart rate may be a signal of too much caffeine consumption. Acknowledging this may encourage you to adopt healthy habits in replacement of your original bad habits.

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