Our fathers insisted that annual full-body checkups were mandatory. That advice clearly stuck: according to an Ipsos-Reid survey, 45 per cent of Canadians get yearly physicals. But some doctors now suggest that generalized checkups are overkill — in reality, your needs will vary based on age, medical history, and lifestyle. Head to the clinic if you suspect something’s awry, but for now, Duke Health recommends checkups every three years for under-30s, a physical every three years for the 30 to 50 set, and an annual visit for men 50 and older. Sorry, Dad.