As a woman it’s easy to get caught up in the desire to look thin and beautiful. With magazines, television shows and social media constantly reminding us how to look like the “perfect woman” we sometimes forget that being a healthy woman is actually what’s important.
Women’s health has much more to do with what is going on in the inside of her body than what she looks like on the outside.
Molly Kelly, physical therapist at OrthoIndy, shares her tips on how women can stay healthy and fit.
1. Do a mix of cardio and resistance or weight bearing exercises at least three to five times a week to prevent osteoporosis. Beyond staying physically fit, exercise also helps a woman stay mentally healthy and energized.
2. Work on maintaining good posture. Bad posture can lead to anything from back and shoulder pain to frequent headaches. As women age, posture can get worse as muscles weaken; therefore, it’s even more important to stick with an exercise routine which includes strength exercises.
3. Make sure to stretch out the body for 10 to 15 minutes a day. Joint motion becomes more restricted and flexibility decreases with age because of changes in tendons and ligaments; stretching is an excellent way to help maintain that joint flexibility and helps women to age more comfortably.
4. Get plenty of sleep every night. Sleep is as important as diet and exercise; a good night’s sleep helps set the groundwork for a productive day when you wake up. Biological conditions unique to women, like the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause, can affect how well a woman sleeps. Understanding the effects of these hormones, environmental factors and lifestyle habits can help women enjoy a good night’s sleep.
5. Maintain a proper diet and drink plenty of water. A healthy diet and hydration helps a women’s skin, hormones, energy level, digestive system, etc. The list goes on and on.
In the end, women come in all shapes and sizes and being healthy on the inside is really what matters.
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