Cancer is over and getting back into life is just starting. The best part of cancer was learning to take the time for myself, to care for my health, learning to say NO...but I am finding that I am slipping back to over committing as my energy returns.
Sometimes we need a simple reminder to take care of ourselves. Jennifer McGregor, a pre-med student, gave me that reminder. She wanted to share a few tips for you all and asked me if I would post her article.
I already dropped the ball on #5 but I am ready to do better at caring for myself. I hope you are too!
7 Essential Health Tips for Women
Women have unique challenges when it comes to staying healthy. Not that men don’t have their fair share of gripes as well, but let’s face it: Many men are seemingly blessed with the metabolism of a teenager – for life. Then of course there’s the juggling act of balancing family, career, home, and friends, which creates the perfect storm for putting yourself (and your health) last and everything and everyone else first. Make your health a priority with these essential tips.
Know Your Body Type
Women’s bodies fall into several different types including ectomorph, mesomorph, or endomorph, and some women’s bodies may be a mix of two different body types. Your body type plays a role in how easy it is for you to gain or lose weight, your shape and build, and your muscle tone. Understanding your body type allows you to make healthy choices that are right for your body.
Burn 100 Calories in 10 Minutes
Is your schedule overbooked? You’re not alone. The good news is you can burn calories and boost your energy level by up to 18 percent in just 10 minutes using this rapid circuit training workout. This quick workout includes walking, running, or sprinting up a set of stairs, reverse lunges, and squats.
Combine Cardio with Weight Training
Many women believe that cardio exercise is the best way to burn fat, but balanced fitness is just as important as a balanced diet. Some women avoid weight training, mistakenly believing that it could cause them to develop large, bulky muscles. A balanced fitness regimen will help to build bone strength and prevent heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases.
Eat a Fiber-Rich Breakfast
Afternoon hunger pangs lead to mindless snacking, and before you know it, the bathroom scale is once again your worst enemy. Never skip breakfast is rule number one; rule number two is to eat a healthy breakfast that’s rich in fiber. Fiber helps you to feel fuller longer, so you’re less likely to get hungry later in the day. Bonus: Fiber is great for digestive health.
Wear Sunscreen Daily
So much advice about women’s health focuses on fitness and nutrition, but don’t forget to take good care of your skin. Wearing sunscreen daily – at least on your face and other areas that may be exposed to the sun – will help to keep your skin healthy, reducing your risk of skin cancer and potential damage over time from sun exposure.
Get Regular Health Screenings
If you take good care of your health and feel great, skipping regular health checkups might seem like no big deal. But prevention really is the best medicine, and regular health screenings can detect early warning signs of serious illness long before you realize anything is wrong. Early detection for many types of cancer makes a dramatic difference in survival rates, so stay on top of all the unpleasant-but-necessary screenings such as a pap smear, mammogram, and even blood screenings and other tests that can pick up on irregularities that could indicate a more serious problem.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fun
Taking the time to do things for yourself probably seems like a luxury, but it’s just as important to maintaining strong health (and sanity) as a balanced diet. Have the occasional long lunch with a friend, or spend a Saturday afternoon at the dog park with your pet. Call a babysitter and plan an evening out with your partner, even if it’s just dinner and a movie. Taking time for yourself gives you the opportunity to relax and recharge. It’s much easier to tackle work deadlines, PTO meetings, and sunrise spinning classes when you know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Being a woman certainly has its pros and cons, but staying healthy is the best way to stay on top of your game and in charge of the crazy, hectic life you lead. Taking care of yourself first means you’re at your best to give your all to your career, family, and whatever else you deem worthy of your attention.
Jennifer McGregor is a pre-med student, who loves learning about health and wellness. She wants people of all ages to have access to reliable health information and that’s why she created PublicHealthLibrary.org with a classmate.