Women are known for having a tendency to want to do it all, and in the midst of caring for others, working, or even just trying to enjoy life, it’s all too easy to put aside personal health priorities. It’s time to change that and get back on track with habits for a healthier lifestyle! In honor of National Women’s Health Week, the team at Rio Grande Urology encourages all women to follow these steps for a more healthy and happy life.
Follow through on regular doctor’s appointments
Staying on top of your health with your physician is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Don’t wait until you’re sick! Make your annual well-woman appointment to talk with your doctor about your overall health, any areas of risk, preventative care, and vaccines, as well as diet and exercise. Your doctor can help make recommendations based on your personal and family health history and any other concerns or symptoms you may have.
Ensure you’re getting the right nutrition for your life stage
We all know that a healthy diet matters, yet it’s so easy to find excuses for avoiding or skipping healthy meals and snacks. Keep in mind that women have unique diet needs, particularly as your body changes throughout your life, such as during pregnancy or menopause when your body needs more of certain vitamins and minerals. For example, women need more calcium, iron, and folic acid than men. Yes, it’s important to ensure that you’re eating the right kinds of foods, but the recommendations on what and how much of certain types of foods can change. Talk with your doctor about your nutritional needs, and make a personal plan to ensure you’re staying on track.
Find what motivates you to stay active
Maybe you’re a runner or enjoy walking, or perhaps a hike with friends, dance class, or early-morning swim gets you going. Finding ways to be active on a regular basis will not only help you stay fit, but will also help with mental health and managing stress. This physical activity should be in addition to your regular, daily life activities. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion physical activity guidelines recommend two-and-a-half to five hours of moderate aerobic activity each week. Find an activity that you enjoy and can stay consistent with, and grab a female friend or two to join in with you for encouragement and support!
Pay attention to your mental health
According to the Office on Women’s Health, in the last year alone, 1 in 5 women across the U.S. experienced a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression. Managing stress, healthier diets, and regular exercise can all contribute to improved mental health, but many times professional treatment is needed as well. Do not hesitate to talk with your primary care physician if you are experiencing changes in thoughts, behaviors, or moods that are impacting your relationships, work, or daily life. The team at RGU knows how important mental health is to overall health, and we are here to support and guide you.
Make this National Women’s Health Week the week you take the first step in choosing to make your health a greater priority in your life. And if it’s time to schedule that appointment with an RGU doctor, give us a call today.