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Everybody's trying to get healthy these days. I know I am! While I might not be doing the best job in the world, I really am putting forth the effort lately. It can be really overwhelming when you are trying to simply "get healthy". I know, for me, what worked best was to simplify things into a few key ideas on what to do to try to improve my health. So, today I am going to share with you, the top health tips for women who want to get healthy or stay healthy!
Tip #1: Stay Active
Hardly any of us are as physically active as we should be. I know for me, it has been really hard to make exercise a habit. However, it is one of the very most important things that you can do for your health. All of us should be aiming for at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days per week. It doesn't have to be "working out' in the gym sense either. Playing outside with your kids, having a dance party, or taking your dog for a walk- it all counts!
Tip #2: Drink More Water.
Yes, you. Even if you think you are drinking enough water, drink more. Water has so many health benefits, and it is so simple, people often overlook it. Staying hydrated is one of the biggest things you need to do in order to stay healthy. Drinking water improves your skin, reduces aches and pains like headaches, helps to reduce food cravings, increases your energy while relieving your fatigue, helps you to stay "regular", flushes toxins out of your body, helps with weight loss, boosts your immune system and more. We could go on and on, but you get the point- drink more water!
Tip #3: See Your Doctor
Many women, especially in their younger years, put off doctor's appointments thinking that they don't really need to go. The truth is, checking in with your doctor at least once a year for a checkup is really important. Your doctor can help give you tips on how to stay healthy, as well as perform testing that you might need to check for an underlying condition that could bother you in the future. Preventive care is very important, and by visiting your doctor for a check up even when you are not sick, you will be creating a dialogue and forming an relationship with your doctor that will definitely come in handy in the future.
Tip #4: Watch Your Diet
Yes, we all know how important it is to eat right, but we don't always do it. Even if you don't need to lose weight (lucky you!), you should be eating for your health. Processed foods, junk foods, and empty calories are not doing anything good for your body, so get rid of them. Eat more lean meats, fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and low fat dairy, and you will be doing your body good! Experts also recommend eating 5 or 6 small meals a day, or, if you choose three meals a day, make your biggest meal of the day breakfast.
Tip #5: Don't Skip The SPF
This one is especially important for younger women. Sunscreen is so very important, and not just when you are hitting the beach or hanging out poolside. Obviously, wearing sunscreen now will lower your risk of skin cancer later in life, which is very important. However, lowering your skin cancer risk is not the only benefit to wearing sunscreen. Do you want wrinkles or premature aging? Didn't think so! Wearing sunscreen helps keep your skin young and healthy looking. What's not to love about that?
Tip #6: Get More Sleep
Here's another one that we all know, but don't always follow. Sleep is so important, and the majority of us are skipping out on a good night's sleep on most nights. Believe it or not, there have even been studies that show that the less sleep a person gets, the more likely they are to be obese. Getting enough sleep helps to boost your immune system, and makes heart trouble, high blood pressure, and diabetes less likely. It also improves your mood and helps your brain function, so make sure that you are getting enough zzzzz's!
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