Imagine living a long life, enjoying your family and friends, traveling, or simply having the time to relax and do whatever you want in retirement, free of sickness and risk of death from some terminal illness. It is possible to change your health habits in order to live a healthier life. However, an ounce of prevention is worth a thousand cures. This old saying is never more applicable than in the case of your health and wellness. Risks for many diseases can be decreased greatly, and in many cases, early detection can save women’s lives. Many chronic diseases are caused by lifestyle issues. Often, women neglect to consider their health, until it’s too late. Women have busy lives, and we often don’t take care of ourselves. We don’t exercise as much as we should and we eat unhealthy foods that lead to weight gain and diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes.
This is why it’s important to change your health habits one habit at a time so that you don’t become overwhelmed and revert to your usual negative health habits. The trick to healthy living is to begin gradually.
There are a few simple things you can do to live a happier and healthier life. Start with these 5 changes in health habits:
Try eating one healthy meal a day
Eating healthy every day can be a challenge if you’re used to eating mostly processed foods but you have to start somewhere so try to eat just one healthy meal each day. Healthy meals consist of mainly fruits and vegetables, supplemented with whole grain products, and lean meats. Also, try to watch your portion sizes.
Drink a glass of water before each meal
The human body is made up from 50 – 65% water. Women actually are composed up of less water than men since we have more fatty tissue. Water is the most important liquid you can drink. Water is the primary building block for cells and is a shock absorber for the brain and spine. When you drink a glass of water before meals (an 8-ounce glass is enough) you will feel fuller before eating, and you won’t eat as much.
Try exercising at least 3-4 times per week. Choose an activity you enjoy and make the most of it for at least a half hour per session. This will help energize you, will build muscle mass, and will help you lose weight by burning off excess calories.It really doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do as long as you choose something reasonable that will help you feel better after eating your lunch. Exercising after meals also helps decrease stress and will make the rest of your day go easier.
Get screened for diseases
Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States and more than 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. The incidence of both heart diseases and breast cancer is less in women who are of normal weight. If you exercise and eat food that keeps your weight down, you can minimize your chances of being affected by these deadly diseases. There are screenings that can aid in early detection.
Stay in Touch with Friends and Family
Having close relationships with friends and family is another way to improve your health. Good friends help you weather the bad times in life and can be an invaluable part of your well-being. People who have close relationships live longer and are able to bounce back from illness faster. Whether this is your choice (or excuse) or something forced upon you by family, it is not healthy and ultimately affects your well-being.