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7 Healthy Resolutions For Busy Women
by Maura Hallam
If you’re like some women, you may put other people’s needs ahead of your own. Maybe you can’t find the time to schedule a mammogram, or you feel guilty about going to the gym when your family needs you at home.
Yet taking time for your health is worth it—it can help you feel good now and prevent health problems later. Make 2012 the year you take charge of your health—starting with these seven healthy resolutions.
Schedule your next checkup. Regular checkups can help find problems early, when your chances of successful treatment are better. Getting the right checkups and screenings can help you live a healthier life.
Get a mammogram. Mammograms and clinical breast exams can help save your life by finding breast cancer early, when you have more treatment options. If you’re 40 or older, the National Cancer Institute recommends that you get a mammogram every one to two years.
Pay attention to your numbers. You may have high blood cholesterol or high blood pressure without knowing it. High cholesterol increases your risk for heart attack, and high blood pressure can lead to coronary heart disease and other problems. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends getting your cholesterol screened every five years after age 20 and getting your blood pressure checked regularly.
Eat your fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies make great on-the-go foods, and they are a natural source of energy and many vitamins and minerals. Choose produce of different colors to get a variety of nutrients.
Exercise more. Exercise helps relieve stress and boost your energy. Plus, it can help lower your risk for heart disease and other chronic diseases. For many people, a good goal is 30 to 60 minutes of exercise four to six times a week.
Get enough sleep. Sleep may be one of the first things you sacrifice in order to keep up with your busy life, but getting enough sleep is important. It affects your health, mood and energy. Try to get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
Take time to relax. Relaxation can relieve stress by calming the tension in your mind and body. Relaxation takes practice, though. Try joining a class to learn and practice relaxation skills.
Remember, resolving to make healthy choices now can make a difference to your health later on.
Posted on Dec 30, 2011 in Women's Health