Eat your vegetables! You need to eat right! Drink more water! Get your rest! Get plenty of sleep! Wash your hands! Don’t smoke! Don’t drink! Don’t drink and drive! The list goes on and on. Every one of us has heard at least one of these phrases at some point in our lives. Our parents or loved ones told us these things in order to reduced risks to our health. Some of us adhered to them and some of us did not. By not adhering to sound advice, some have developed at least one of the major health risks, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents, or Type 2 diabetes, which could have been prevented. Developing a healthy lifestyle, that’s practiced daily, is the most effective way women can reduce risks to their health.
So, just what should you do?
Get Physically Fit
It is important to be active. Exercise! Develop a workout plan that’s suitable for you and work that plan daily for about 30 minutes. The plan should include aerobics or walking to increase cardiovascular activity, weights to increase muscle tone and bone strength. Not only will you build strength and endurance, but you will also be able to maintain a normal weight – weight management, thus reducing heart disease and lower respiratory problems.
Controlling your weight or Body Mass Index (BMI) , since women seem to “store fat more readily than men” , reduces chronic diseases (heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, etc.). Therefore, eating a healthy diet is essential to your health and well-being. A healthy diet consists of sea food (i.e. fish), vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and poultry or other lean meats. Avoid unhealthy fats (trans and saturated) and high cholesterol level intake.
Stress reduction promotes good mental health. Learn to manage your stress so that it will not impact your life in a negative way. You can manage or reduce stress with meditation, hypnosis, yoga, or breathing techniques. Just relax!
Get Proper Rest
Get enough sleep each night. Proper rest requires between seven to nine hours each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation . When your body gets the proper rest, you can think clearly and control your food intake.
Avoid Unhealthy Habits
Stop smoking! Smoking causes chronic lower respiration disease and heart disease. Drink alcohol in moderation. Don’t use and abuse drugs!
Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Health
Make a yearly appointment with your health care provider for a physical exam and get all of the proper screenings. This should include pap smears and mammograms. See your physician as often as needed. And if you are going through an emotional crisis, seek help; don’t be ashamed of seeking mental health help.
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