Celebrating Women’s Health Week
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Between the 8th - 14th of May, we’re celebrating women’s health week. This week is the perfect opportunity to take a look at your lifestyle and ensure you’re making your own health a top priority.
We know it’s not always easy to make steps towards improving your own health, but small changes can go a long way. We want to encourage you to make just one positive change this week and try to make it part of your everyday routine.
Here are our top tips for how you can look out for your health and feel great all year round.
We all know that regular exercise is essential to long-term health; regular physical activity is vital for good mental and physical health, and fitness level, and contributes to reduced risk of many chronic conditions. However, if you’re super busy, it can be hard to squeeze in the recommended 20 minutes of exercise every day.
- Sitting at a desk doesn’t mean you have to sit still. Get some hand weights (or a heavy stapler) and do some bicep curls or overhead extensions while talking on the phone or replying to emails.
- Rather than taking your lunch at your desk, use your lunch hour to go to the gym, take a walk, or run some errands.
- Clear a space where you can do floor exercises, and do some squats, sit-ups, push-ups or a plank whilst watching the tv.
- If you have kids, use their unlimited energy to motivate you! Join in for a round of tag, or even hide and seek will get you on your feet and moving.
5-a-day: sounds easy in theory, but is often not so easy to achieve. It can be hard to eat a balanced diet when you’re constantly on the go with more important tasks to be worrying about.
- If you often don’t have time for breakfast, an instant porridge pot may be a great quick fix that can be ready in seconds. Ensure you choose a low sugar option, and throw in some frozen fruit for extra flavour and added nutrients.
- Ensure you always have healthy snacks ready to go in the fridge, such as chopped raw fruit and veg, and cut down your daily workload by meal prepping in advance.
- Keep your food prep quick and easy by using frozen veg. They contain all the goodness of fresh vegetables but without the need for extra chopping, and they keep for longer too. Canned vegetables such as lentils, chickpeas, and beans are also a great way to ensure you include vegetables in every meal.
- Plan as much as you can. Heading to the supermarket with a list can ensure you only buy exactly what you need, and helps to prevent you from getting distracted.
- Remember to keep it flexible. Sometimes, no matter how much we plan, there can be days where the plan simply falls through. With a diet that includes everything in moderation, having your favourite treat meal or takeaway every so often can be well deserved.
If you’re concerned about nutritional gaps in your diet, an easy way to ensure you’re getting all the essential vitamins and minerals is to take a multivitamin. Feel Multivitamin contains 32 essential vitamins, minerals and botanicals to support energy, hair skin & nails, cognition, and sleep. What's more, our subscription service means they’re simply delivered through your door every month, so you’ll never have to worry about running out.
Get checked out
Women’s health week is the perfect time to schedule your annual wellness checkup. You may have been putting it off, but visiting your healthcare provider regularly is essential to ensure any health conditions can be identified early and is an important habit to get into.
There are also essential tests which women should have regularly, including having a pap smear. Every woman in the UK between 25-64 years old should have a cervical screening at least once every 3 years. When you get your appointment letter through the post, don’t ignore it; it’s important that any serious health conditions are identified early to ensure the best course of treatment.
A problem shared
Whatever it is causing you stress, don’t keep it bottled up. Sharing your problems and feelings can make them more manageable and whether you want to talk to a friend or professional, they may be able to offer valuable insights and solutions.
For more information on mental health, visit our previous Mental Health Awareness Blog, or check out these great resources:
- Women’s Health Concern: https://www.womens-health-concern.org/
- Office on Women’s Health: https://www.womenshealth.gov/
- Wellbeing of Women: https://www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk/
Your health isn’t just important during one week of the year. Make sure that you are regularly taking time for yourself and making your health a top priority.