Women of all ages experience unique health concerns, so it’s important to make smart lifestyle choices. If you’re anything like me, you want to look and feel your best every day. After all, there’s nothing better than feeling confident about your body with peace of mind that you’re taking great care of your health. But sometimes that’s easier said than done, right?
Not anymore. All you need to achieve a lifetime of wellness is to make some savvy decisions – and stick with them. You don’t need to be a super-woman to feel better, look better and eat better. Here are 7 things you can do each day to guarantee good wellbeing.
- Eat a healthy diet
If you haven’t already, then it’s about time you made healthy eating your new favourite habit. I’m talking about a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits, leaner cuts of meat, fish and poultry, and a cut down on processed foods. They say what you eat defines who you are – and I happen to agree. That means avoiding foods and drinks that are high in sugar, salt, fat, and calories, as well as high-fat dairy products.
It’s fine to indulge every now and again. You’re only human. However, a regular healthy diet will help you maintain a steady weight and ensure you get all the essential vitamins and nutrients your body requires. If hunger strikes in-between meals, opt for healthy snacks like low-fat yoghurt, celery, carrots and nuts. Remember, healthy living is about keeping things in balance.
- Exercise regularly
Women’s health experts around the globe (including me) will tell you that exercise should be part of your daily routine. Not only can plenty of exercises improve coordination and balance, but they will keep your body fit and in good shape. If you have a busy life, try to allocate a minimum of 30 minutes a day and five days a week to really benefit from your workouts.
Another great thing about exercise is that it can boost your happiness. From walking, running and swimming to aerobics, yoga and even dancing, there is so much choice for maintaining good women’s health. Your body is made to move and craves physical activity to reduce the risk of cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other diseases.
- Avoid bad habits
I’m talking about smoking, drugs and excessive drinking. While they may seem alluring to some people, your body won’t thank you for giving into temptation. Cigarettes, drugs and alcohol cause serious damage to your body and counteract a healthy living regime. Also, all three risky habits should be totally avoided if you are pregnant, as they will affect both you and your unborn child.
I’ve never been one to lie – and will admit to having the occasional glass of white wine. Your best approach to drinking alcohol is to do so in moderation. Women’s health studies show that it’s perfectly safe for women to consume one alcoholic drink a day. However, you must always remember that different spirits, beers and wines vary in alcohol percentage and women should not drink more than 14 units per week.
- Learn to manage stress
Stress is part of life and something you and I will always face from time to time. As women tend to deal with a lot more pressure than men, our grandmothers, mothers and daughters will have to deal with stress too. Stress can have a negative impact on our happiness, so you need to learn how to channel your tension into something positive.
Sound tricky? Well, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Take some time out to yourself every day to just relax. Mental health is as important as your physical well-being and both can actually have a negative impact if they are out of tune with one another. Try meditation and relaxation techniques or just some good old-fashioned exercise. The results may surprise you.
- Protect your skin from the sun
By now, you should already know about the risks of excessive sun exposure. The sun’s harmful rays can do a lot more damage than just dry and wrinkle your skin and give you a sunburn. Even a mild sunburn can destroy the top layer of your skin and ultimately, lead to skin cancer. Many women get lazy when it comes to wearing sunscreen, despite the well-known dangers of sun exposure.
If you are going to spend time outdoors, then you must wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. Even if you’re usually very good and keep your skin protected regularly, you should always check for signs of skin cancer. Look for changes in the colour, shape and size of moles, freckles and any birthmarks. As soon as you notice any changes, consult your doctor immediately.
- Choose safe cosmetics
I’m sure you have favourite toiletries and makeup products in your collections at home. This may come as a shock to you, but some cheap beauty products contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that increase the risk of breast cancer. Cosmetics are meant to make you feel fabulous about yourself, and should never compromise a women’s health.
The best way to avoid chemicals is to use fewer cosmetics. If the idea of throwing out all your greasepaint and hair products fills you with dread, then try and just get rid of the ones you can live without. Also, try using apps like Healthy Living and GoodGuide that tell you which products are safer and cleaner for your body.
Embrace a healthier lifestyle
As you can see, it’s simple to improve the quality of your life by making smart lifestyle choices. Even though a women’s health changes as she ages, the basics remain the same for the long-term. All it takes is some small adjustments to your daily regime to boost your health and happiness for years to come. Are you ready to embrace and maintain healthy habits?