Five Easy Ways For Women To Live Healthy And Strong
A lot of women out there confuse ‘living’ for ‘living healthy’. Living is to be alive or have life (a state) while living healthy I will say is taking conscious steps and efforts to improve your state of health and well-being (continuous action).
‘Life is not merely being alive, but being well’ – Marcus Valeruis Martialis.
If I may ask, are you living or living healthy? We seem to be so carried away and engrossed in our day to day activities that we pay little or no attention to our health status forgetting that “health is wealth”.
I tell you; your health is as important as that demanding job! Over time, the presence of diverse kinds of sicknesses and diseases has created more awareness on living healthy, therefore, an understanding of the different stages of womanhood stirs up the need to live strong and healthy.
Do not wait until you hear or read about a sickness that led to a person’s death before you make your health a top priority.
My next few paragraphs will be pointing out to you five (5) ways by which African Women can live strong and healthy.
- Eating Healthy: Oh yeah! To live strong and healthy you need to eat healthily. So, watch it, ma’am, not every food pleasant to the eyes is good for consumption. Eating healthy is combining the right proportion of the various classes of food in your plate but most times, it is either we are eating too much of carbohydrates, protein or even fatty foods.
The bulk of your meal each day should consist of fruits, vegetables, fat-free or low milk products whether they are snacks of real food. Eat three healthy meals in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) bearing in mind that your dinner should not comprise of the largest meal.
Also, know your health status to be sure of the type of food to eat (I will go a little deeper on this under Regular Medical Checkup). When eating healthy, flexibility often works best, says Joyce Meng, MD, Assistant Professor at the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health. If you like to follow a strict diet plan, go for it. If not, it’s OK. “Find what works for you.”
- Sleeping Healthy: Sleep is very important and comprises of every person’s overall health and well-being.
Dr Sheila Tsai, sleep expert and Assistant Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health in Colorado said studies have looked at the effects of sleep duration on health and in those people who do not get enough sleep per night (generally less than six hours per night), there is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death versus people who do get enough sleep.
Most adults need 7-9 hours of healthy sleep for productivity. To sleep healthy is to have a quality, regular and ample time to rest. When you sleep healthy, you are able to concentrate, lower the risk of having high blood pressure, build a strong immune system, improve your performance and productivity, prevent depression and lots more. Make sleeping healthy your top priority. To be well, you need to sleep well!
- Healthy Exercise: I need to emphasize the word ‘Healthy Exercise’ why? Because these days, people no longer do exercise but undergo a series of punishments. This is where we get it all wrong, we think exercise is meant for only those who want to lose weight or belly fat ignoring the real essence of it for everyone.
Gyms are good but instead of giving excuses for the price, location, stress, etc. you can as well do your regular workouts in your house.
Exercise helps you control your weight, improve your mental health, strengthens your bones and muscles, helps in the proper circulation of blood, improves your sleep, increases your energy level and lots more.
According to Jordan Metzl, a Sports-Medicine Physician at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery and author of The Exercise Cure, “Exercise is the best preventive drug we have, and everybody needs to take that medicine.” Henceforth, see exercise as fun and a necessity for healthy living and not a means to punish yourself.
- Regular Medical Checkup: When was the last time you visited a hospital and for what reason? Do you know that you do not have to be sick before you go to the hospital? As women, we pass through different phases and each phase comes with changes in every part of the body which demands that you study yourself in order to notice these changes and what they require.
“Good health begins with prevention and that all starts with the individual,” explains Dr Paul Bates, Chief Medical Officer at Bupa. Also, he stated that “Establishing a good health habit means people may enjoy a longer, healthier and happier lives. Regular check-ups are an important part of a prevention routine and can help keep people on track with their health goals.”
Regular checkups help you find out health issues before they become a problem. When you see your doctor regularly, they are able to detect your health condition or diseases early which increases your chances of getting the right treatment quickly to avoid unpleasant situations.
A regular medical checkup reduces your risk of getting sick, detect life-threatening diseases on time, increases your life span and lots more.
- Minding your Business: I bet you were not expecting to see these #smiles. Yeah! mind your damn business. In the world today, you will agree with me that many people get into trouble for problems that were not initially theirs.
When you mind your business, you increase your chances of living longer because of reduced blood pressure. Do not carry unnecessary problems (something not worth fighting for) of another person on your head as your life depends on it.
Your peace is your responsibility and you must defend it with all that you have got. Reach out to people in the best possible way you can!
I saw a meme sometimes on Instagram and I will conclude with it. In this life to live strong and healthy say to yourself: “I cannot go and die, I cannot come and go and die, I cannot come and come and go and die” #Lol.
“Not how long but how well you have lived is the main thing” – Seneca