Women across the country are stretched thin. They’re often multi-tasking and trying to balance their home and work lives, which means putting their health on the back burner. May 13 – 19 is National Women’s Health Week, a national effort created by the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, to raise awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health. Herbalife Nutrition’s registered dietitian Susan Bowerman offers helpful tips and links to resources to help you be a healthier and happier version of you.
Eat healthy — Looking for a simple, easy and effective meal plan? The Daily Nutrition Meal Plans (available to download), created by Susan Bowerman, have built-in calorie counts and are designed to provide you with the protein your body needs every day to function at its best. All you need to do is select the plan that fits your needs. Then, create daily menus that include healthy and balanced meals, protein snacks, and shakes (such as Formula 1 Roasted Peanut flavor by Herbalife Nutrition).
Get moving — You should aim for 30 minutes of daily exercise to reduce your risk of common chronic diseases. If you can’t do your exercise all at once, the good news is that it’s still effective if your workout is broken down into short bursts of activity throughout the day, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. And yes, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking briskly (at least 3 miles per hour), and finding a parking space furthest from the store all count towards your daily activity. Additionally, for many, stepping away from your desk is not always possible, but you can still get some exercise in with this “5 Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk” video.
Be sure to catch your ZZZ’s. Adequate rest is critical to your health, and it is especially true if you have a busy, demanding schedule. Insufficient sleep can sabotage even the most disciplined health plan because tiredness and everyday fatigue may cause you to skip your activity, or you may turn to food to ‘perk you up.’ On the other hand, a regular exercise routine can help you achieve deeper, more restful and restorative sleep.
As a mom, I understand firsthand how easy it is to focus entirely on the family, but it’s also important to realize we need to make time to care for ourselves by making sure we are eating correctly, exercising and getting enough sleep so we can be healthier and happier for our family.