HEALTH TIPS ALL WOMEN SHOULD KNOW
Thanks to Beyonce, it is now common knowledge that women run the world. With all this responsibility, caring for our body and mind should be top priority. While you may be busy running the world and stuff, make sure you’re taking time to stay healthy and recharge. Check out these tips that OB-GYNs want you to know for a lifetime of healthy hustlin’.
Reduce Your Stress
Badass lady bosses don’t want to slow down, we want to be able to juggle it all. But having too much on your plate can have significant health consequences. High stress levels can cause infertility, depression, severe anxiety and heart disease, to name a few. With all these serious health risks, it’s time to reevaluate your priorities. Work with your coworkers or boss, friends and family to figure out ways to take some things off your plate. Make more time to treat yo self and figure out an effective way to cut out some stress.
Depriving yourself of what you love isn’t the key to a healthy lifestyle. The key is eating well, while also indulging in a moderate amount of your guilty pleasure every once and awhile. A glass of wine or piece of cake isn’t detrimental to your health. In fact, a healthy dose of what you love can help you stay on your healthy lifestyle track.
Not eliminate – just limit. One drink for women and two for men has actually been shown to have a positive effect on health.
Know Your Calcium Intake
While we know we need calcium for strong bones, too much can be harmful. Too much calcium can lead to kidney stones or even an increased risk of heart disease. Women under 50 should aim for 1,000 milligrams per day, and over 50 should get 1,200 milligrams per day. Dairy isn’t the only way to get your daily dose, leafy greens like spinach, kale and broccoli are excellent sources of calcium.
Pump it Up
If you’re looking to torch major calories and reduce your risk for cancer, head to the weight racks. Women need to mix cardio into their workout routines to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Get your blood pumping 3-5 times a week, even if you’re taking the dog for a walk or going for a short jog around the neighborhood. Even if you’re more of a “shopping is my cardio” kind of lady, it’s imperative to your health to stay active. Get movin’ girl!
We know, we know, everyone is always telling you to get more sleep. Is it always practical advice? Definitely not for all you girl bosses/supermoms. While it may not always be easy to get enough sleep, it definitely necessary. Lack of sleep can put you at risk for heart disease and mental health issues. With these health risks, you’ll want to put sleep at the top of your priorities list. And hey, don’t underestimate the power of the power nap.
Don’t Skip Your Yearly Checkup
There are many events in life we’d like to skip, like that last conference room meeting. Your doctor appointment shouldn’t be one of them. You need to visit your doc on the regular and make sure you get all your tests and screenings. Talk with your doctor about what tests and screenings you should have done. Check out the chart below for tests your should be getting done based on your age.