Have you considered why 15.6% of women who are 18 and older are constantly in poor or fair health? Or, why less than 50% of women are able to meet their daily physical activity requirements? These facts inspire the discussion about why so many women seem to find themselves on the low end of the health and fitness scale, in comparison to men. Now that I’ve got your attention, here are three ways to improve your well-being as a woman.
Your day begins with breakfast. As it’s considered to be the most important meal of the day by many, make sure it’s a nutritious meal.
A healthy breakfast kicks off the day with energy. Moreover, it sustains you until lunchtime when your body needs another refueling.
Foods rich in calcium, vitamins, fiber, and protein are excellent for your body. So, they’re often good to include in the morning meal.
Admittedly, due to hormonal fluctuations at different times of the month, women tend to crave foods that offer little or no healthy nutrition. Some women tend to increase their junk food consumption a few days before their monthly cycle.
When that happens, it takes a lot of willpower to “disobey” your cravings. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have that chocolate bar or bag of chips.
Instead, make a conscious effort to consume foods that cleanse your system. That’s a reasonable nutritional goal.
There are many nutrition brands online that offer detox drinks, elixirs, and tea pods that fit easily into your lifestyle. They can offer a wide range of health benefits.
Improve your well-being with an effective exercise routine
Attending a local gym is not the only effective way to stay committed to an exercise routine. Much more important than where you work out is your overall level of commitment to staying fit.
Although a gym membership is motivating as you want to go often to get your money’s worth, you can instead do other activities independently and still get great fitness results. For example, regular cycling, jogging, or rope skipping is enough physical activity to keep your body in shape.
Exactly how much exercise time you need will depend on your goals, medical conditions, and several other factors. For example, the American Diabetes Association cites 150 minutes of intense exercise per week for managing diabetes.
Did you know that by physiology, women naturally pack on more body fat than men? That is because your body requires a specific amount of fat to keep hormones at optimum levels.
However, without a check on how much fat you consume daily, it’s easy to cross the limits. That might make you hate the idea of standing on the scale.
Get adequate sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a healthy adult must get at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep. Although this can be difficult to do regularly, make it a goal to reach this number most nights of the week and try your best to reach it. Yes, I know life gets chaotic and worrisome, but I would be remiss not to suggest that for your overall well-being, ladies.
Did you know that a woman’s skin ages quicker than a man’s? Once again, it’s often because of fluctuating hormones.
However, you can slow down these changes with regular quality sleep. The skin repairs itself while snoozing as collagen production activates only when you’re asleep. In addition to being good for your skin, sleep has many other beneficial effects on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
A few last words on ways to improve your well-being
Sleep, exercise, and nutrition all affect your life in different ways. But what they all share in common is how changes to them can improve your overall well-being as a woman.
What are some other ways to boost your well-being? Speak up in the comments section below!