Modern day women are required to play many roles, both in professional and personal lives. Handling various responsibilities simultaneously is not easy. It requires the body and mind to be in a perfect condition. Therefore, women should make smarter health and lifestyle choices to stay healthy.
Though the body processes of women are slightly complicated, a few simple and healthy changes in regular lifestyle can help them maintain proper health and stay away from health problems. In this article, we will look at a few healthy tips for women.
Women's health concerns are different from those of men
Physiologically, women's body differs greatly from men's body. Women's body is more sensitive than the men's body. Though many of the health problems in women and men are same, the way they affect women can be different. The risk factors experienced by both men and women are different for some diseases. For example, women are more prone to heart diseases and osteoporosis, while men are more prone to prostate cancer and developing stones in kidney. Hence, few health tips designed for men may not suit women.
All a woman needs to do is to take some time out of her busy schedule and follow few simple tips regularly to make her life healthy. Below are few of them.
Eat healthy: It is always necessary to have right diet in order to stay healthy. It is recommended for women to have plenty of natural food to get all necessary vitamins. Natural food includes fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and cereals. Every day diet should contain right amounts of whole grains, high fiber foods, low fat dairy products, nuts, legumes, leaner cuts of fish, meat and poultry and raw vegetables like carrots, cucumber, celery, broccoli, etc.
In addition to the above list, you should also drink lots of water. You should avoid food which is high in sugar, salt, fat and calories, besides avoiding processed foods.
Exercise regularly: Exercising regularly will help you stay physically active, which may help in preventing many serious diseases like cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, back pain, etc. Exercise is also found to improve life expectancy. At least 30 minutes of regular exercise should be done for five days a week. Regular exercise regime may include aerobic activities like, walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling and dancing. You can even do Yoga.
Manage stress: Women are found to suffer more from stress and depression, which may give rise to many serious health problems. Women should understand that mental health is very important for physical well-being. It just takes few minutes to relax and then you can actively get back to the normal daily routine. You can also manage stress by practicing few relaxation techniques like meditation or by doing physical exercise.
Get enough sleep: Sleep plays an important role in improving one's health, especially women's health, as they handle various roles in their everyday life. A woman’s body should get at least seven to nine hours of good sleep to wake up refreshed. Sleep generates lot of positive energy which is very much essential for increasing productivity and overall sense of well-being. Good night's sleep is found to increase life expectancy too.
Stay away from drug abuse: Today, many of the women are getting into unhealthy habits like substance abuse. Women suffer more from the ill effects of drug abuse compared to men. Hence, some of the serious bad habits like drug abuse, smoking, alcohol consumption should be avoided at any cost to stay healthy.
Get regular check-ups: Taking time out for regular weekly or monthly check-ups shows your willingness to stay healthy. As already said, women are easily prone to health problems, they should go for regular check-ups to keep themselves well informed about their body's condition. Women should regularly go for tests such as, mammography, bone density test, blood pressure check, cholesterol screening, skin cancer screening and diabetes test, etc.
Women's health changes with her age. So the necessity to maintain a good health also changes, but the basic health needs remain the same. Hence, by following the above mentioned simple health tips, you can improve the quality of your life.
By Nate Rodney
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