This post is about Women’s Health and Finding Simple Ways to Live Better Every Day!
Women’s Health Is Important
When it comes to women’s health and creating a healthy lifestyle, some recommendations are fairly simple.
Like, exercising regularly, eating nutritious foods, and cutting unnecessary calories.
However, many women don’t know how much exercise they should get or which foods are the best choices.
Also, they may not realize there are other ways to care for their bodies and minds to promote overall health and wellbeing.
Make Good Choices
I’m a Registered Nurse, specializing in women’s health topics.
And, even though I know what I should do to have a longer, better-quality life, it’s not always easy to make those decisions.
So, this post shares simple ways to live better and healthier with several tips and ideas to help you get started.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity at least five days a week.
If you can fit in 30 minutes, seven days a week, your health will thank you!
Maintain an Active Lifestyle
I have recently started back working out in our home gym, and I already feel so much better, just from walking and stretching.
Maintaining an active lifestyle can help you achieve far more than muscle mass or weight loss.
Additionally, regular exercise like walking breaks at work can contribute to happier and healthier mental well-being.
The keys to a healthy diet are eating the right amount of calories for your activity level and eating a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re receiving all the nutrients your body needs.
Make it a priority to eat lots of organic fruits and vegetables and lean protein like turkey and fish.
Also, drink plenty of water every day to keep you hydrated during your activities.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to take a multi-vitamin to make sure you don’t miss out on any essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Get Enough Sleep
I’m sure you have heard this all of your life.
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being.
It can help improve your mental health, physical health, and quality of life.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours per night for adults and 9-11 hours for school-aged children.
If you find sleep difficult, try implementing a consistent bedtime routine.
Avoid Caffeine Before Bed
And, avoid screen time immediately before bed and eliminate caffeine after lunch.
I try to stick to one cup of coffee per day, in the mornings.
Between juggling a career, family and other commitments, it’s easy to find things to stress over.
But, meditation and yoga can help better manage stress.
Also, hobbies can help relieve stress and help you focus on an activity you enjoy.
Aside from mental and emotional impacts, stress can also impact your physical health.
So, it’s important to identify coping mechanisms that will reduce overall stress.
Making time to socialize with friends and family is an important part of living a long and healthy life.
Even if your schedule is packed, try to block out time at least once a week to spend with family and friends.
Check out more women’s health tips here.
Break Bad Habits
Whatever their cause, work to break bad habits.
First, acknowledge the problem then work to replace the negativity with alternatives that make a more positive impact on your life.
Because even a negative attitude can bring you down.
Make Better Food Choices
Maintaining a healthy diet can be easier than you think if you make your eating habits a priority and know how to make smart food choices.
For the best results, choose foods from all five major food groups with help from these tips:
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Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and contain necessary fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Rather than serving fruits with cream cheese or sugary sauces, opt for nut butter or organic honey.
Also, toss raw, steamed, boiled or baked vegetables in olive oil, salt, and pepper instead of buttery sauces.
Select low-fat, lean cuts of meat and season them with herbs, spices, and low-sodium marinades.
Baking, broiling, grilling, and roasting are the healthiest preparation methods.
Try swapping ground beef for a lean or extra-lean cut, or opt for ground chicken or turkey instead.
Non-meat protein options such as dry beans, peas and lentils can even be swapped for meat in recipes such as lasagna or chili.
Choose skim or non-dairy milk, like soy, rice or almond milk, and use low-fat or part-skim cheeses in recipes.
Nonfat or Greek yogurt can replace sour cream in many recipes and options like sherbet and soft-serve frozen yogurt are lower in fat than ice cream.
Choose products that list whole grains as the first ingredient, as they are low in fat and high in fiber.
Some easy swaps include whole-grain flour, pasta, and rice.
And, bypassing doughnuts and pastries for English muffins or bagels and opting for unsalted pretzels instead of potato chips is a great option.
Add some variety with tasty organic items like flavored popcorns and tortilla chips.
Fats, oils, and sweets
Too many high-fat foods can add excess calories to your diet, which can lead to weight gain and obesity, or increase your risk for certain health issues.
However, a small amount of heart-healthy fat is actually good for you.
When it comes to sweets, fig bars and gingersnaps make for healthy alternatives to cookies.
Also, beware of calorie-laden condiments and opt for nonfat and light mayonnaise and salad dressings instead.
Live Better and Longer
So, after reading this post, you can see that implementing some, or all of these healthy living tips can only put you on a healthier path in life.
Making a solid effort to increase good food choices and decreasing your daily bad habits can increase your longevity and improve your quality of life.