One of the resolutions you probably made for the year 2021 was to make changes in your lifestyle for better health. The life expectancy rate is growing due to medical advancements and better living standards. For this reason, it is necessary, as a woman, to ensure you're living a long and healthy lifestyle. Be it eating better, working out, or living a stress-free lifestyle, mindful action towards a better lifestyle at any age will assist in preventing chronic illnesses and reducing aging.
Some of the lifestyle changes that you should make, as a woman, in 2021 to better your health is:
Increase your physical activity rate
Physical activity not only involves working out but also more physical movement. For your daily exercise, create a workout routine that works around your daily schedule. Workout for thirty minutes daily, preferably in the morning, and take walks. Other than regular exercise, ensure you're not living a sedentary lifestyle at the office or home.
Physical activity and exercise will help you have more energy during the day, and it is also an ideal way to reduce stress levels, lose weight, and keep fit. Also, since women experience menstruation before menopause, exercise helps in reducing the painful cramps. It does this by improving blood flow, especially if you have endometriosis.
Schedule a doctor’s appointment annually for a well-woman exam
As you age, you do not only schedule an appointment with your physician when you are unwell. Women, especially, are at risk of various reproductive diseases such as breast and cervix cancer, Urinary tract infections, and fibroids. For younger women, some of these diseases place them at risk of barrenness if not treated early.
A well-woman exam can uncover these risk factors and other serious health problems that come with age, including high cholesterol levels and HBP (high blood pressure). It is an opportunity to get a Pap test, mammogram, osteoporosis, HPV screening, and learn more about how to reduce tinnitus.
Eating better doesn’t mean the consumption of bland or boring food. You can consume fun, fresh, and colorful foods while sticking to a healthy and balanced diet. Most importantly, ensure that your diet is compatible with your metabolism. Consume fresh and whole foods even when you are eating take-out. Pay attention to the levels of carbs and sugar when you purchase packaged food from the market.
Increase the amount of fiber you consume; you will get it in fruits, vegetables, seeds, whole grains, and nuts. A healthy diet prevents chronic illnesses, helps to maintain less weight, and live a longer, healthy life.
Improve your sleeping habits
Women are evolving due to the modern working life and pursuance of higher education. For this reason, getting quality sleep becomes harder. Whether you have a demanding life, nothing beats the benefits that quality sleep provides for your health. Healthy sleeping habits keep you productive in your daily activities, keeps your emotions in check, and increases your reasoning.
Unhealthy sleeping habits in women make it difficult to control weight and pose a risk of acquiring heart problems and memory complications. To improve your sleeping habits, avoid late afternoon caffeine, turn off electronic screens some minutes before bed, and eat a light meal early. Also, practice relaxation activities like reading a book, meditation, or listening to calming music.
Quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption
Smoking is a habit that not only exposes men and women to cancers of the lungs and throat but also reduces fertility in women. Regardless of age, quitting smoking will be beneficial to your health. If you consume alcohol, consider reducing your levels of intake. Women, according to health studies, can safely take one drink in a day.
Alcohol may be safe for some women, but others will experience alcohol-related problems in their later years. Cut back or down on your alcohol consumption and drink responsibly. Also, beware of unsafe consumption that includes when you’re driving, on medication, or pregnant.
As a woman, you will most likely have stressful days more than you'd like. You have work responsibilities, household duties, and bills to pay. Stress increases levels of cortisol and will impact your health negatively if this persists. Stress is unavoidable, but how you deal with it makes the difference.
In 2021, make a point of managing your stress levels. You can do so by engaging with family and friends, taking time off to relax, exercise, eat well, and unplug from electronics.
2021 is the year to make lifestyle changes to improve your health. Eat better, increase your physical activity, schedule a well-woman exam with your physician, manage stress, and improve your sleeping habits. Also, do away with risky activities like smoking and reduce alcohol consumption. By doing so, you will boost the immune system that will protect you from several illnesses and allow you to live a long, happy life.