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To look and feel your best at any age, it’s important to make smart lifestyle and health choices. When you're young, health is the last thing on your mind. But that is exactly when preventive care should start, ideally in your early 20's and continue throughout the years. Women's health should be an ongoing process and something you should take pride in.
Here are 5 Tips to Boost Women's Health:
EAT A BALANCED DIET
Getting the proper nutrition is important for your overall health. Try to incorporate a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Eat whole grains and high-fiber foods and choose leaner cuts of meat, fish, and poultry.
Eating healthy doesn't mean you have to forgo your favorite glass of wine or a piece of chocolate cake now and then. The key is moderation. Eating a balanced diet will help you maintain an ideal weight for your height, which is important because being overweight can lead to a number of illnesses.
Mental health is just as important as your physical health. No matter what stage of her life, daughter, mother, or grandmother, a woman often wears many hats and deals with a lot of pressure and stress. If not managed properly, stress can have significant health consequences, from infertility to higher risks of depression, anxiety and heart disease.
You can manage stress with exercise, relaxation techniques, or meditation.
Women need a mix of cardio and resistance or weight-bearing exercise at least three to five times a week. Aerobic exercises (walking, swimming, jogging, bicycling, dancing), which can be done outside of a gym, are great ways to get your body moving while at the same time having fun. Exercise promotes good self-image as well, which is important to a woman's mental health.
Don't skip your annual checkup. Prevention or taking care of any illness or disease early on can make a big difference. Make sure you get a Pap test to check for cervical cancer every three years if you are 21 or older. If you are 30-65, you can get both a Pap test and HPV test every five years. If you have certain risk factors, your doctor may recommend more-frequent Pap tests, regardless of your age. Older than 65, women may be able to stop testing if their doctor says they are low risk. In any case, if you are sexually active, always use protection and get tested for any STDs.
Getting to decide when, if ever, and under what circumstances to have kids means having more freedom to pursue educational, personal, and professional goals. Having kids is a blessing but also requires a lot of responsibility. Being financially and emotionally stable and ready to support the child would be the desired setting when starting a family.
WHAT IS PLAN B?
HOW DOES PLAN B WORK?
Taking Plan B One-Step will not impact a woman’s future (or long-term) fertility and is an important option for all women and their family planning efforts.