In today’s fast-paced world, it can be hard to find time to think about your health. Good nutrition and regular exercise can reduce your risk for a number of women’s health issues. September 26 is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, marking the perfect occasion to recommit to your own wellbeing. These five tips will inspire you to make your own health a priority:
If you’re like most women, you often have a lot going on, which can mean living with high levels of stress. This pressure can put your heart at risk, increase your blood pressure, decrease your immune system’s ability to fight off illness, and cause you to eat more. It may not be possible to completely eradicate stress from your life, but your doctor can help you establish coping mechanisms to keep you healthy.
Making sleep a priority will make your working hours more productive. It is recommended you get at least seven hours of sleep per night and try to stick to the same sleep schedule every day. Getting enough shuteye will decrease your blood pressure, help you reduce food cravings, and keep memory loss and brain fogginess at bay.
Eat a Colorful Diet
Choose fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colors. These foods help fight cancer and inflammation. The more colors you eat, the bigger variety of disease-beating flavonoids and carotenoids you will get.
Try to carve out 30 minutes per day to exercise, five days a week. The activity doesn’t matter as much as actually getting out there and moving. You can split your activities into mini-sessions to work them into your schedule. Ten minutes of movement, three times a day is just as beneficial as a single 30-minute block. Exercise boosts your mood, decreases chronic pain, and improves your heart health. It can also effectively reduce stress.
See Your OB/GYN
An annual checkup with your OB/GYN helps keep you healthy. Regular exams help catch health problems early., and prevent the development of chronic gynecological or breast health issues.
Visit us at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center of South Orange County. To schedule a consultation with an OB/GYN or women’s health specialist, call (949) 837-4500. We offer care for breast health, high-risk pregnancies, and other women’s healthcare.