While the 8th of March might just be a token appreciation of women around the world, the wise know and understand that every day spent is a celebration of the sacred feminine. However, it is undeniable that the issues women face in their day to day lives are talked about too little. According to reports, more than 50% of Indian women are anemic, and over 35% have less than normal BMI (body mass index). India may have relatively lower rates of breast cancer than developing countries, but with the increasing urbanization of our spaces these too look to be increasing over the coming years.
But all is not dire on this women’s day. There is more awareness today than at any other point in history about women’s rights and, more importantly, health. There are simple things every woman can do to make sure that they are healthy in terms of both, their body and mind. From helping you perform better at work, to keeping your body in the best shape possible, there are little things that you can incorporate in your routine to help ensure a long and healthy life.
A fact that can never be overstated, regular exercise can help keep a host of diseases at bay and is something every woman should incorporate in their lifestyle. From helping you increase your metabolism to boosting your endorphins, exercise helps the human body in numerous ways. Dysmenorrhea, or period pain, afflicts most young women, exercise, research has proved, can help alleviate that to a great extent.
Aerobic exercises that get your heart rate up like swimming, biking, jogging etc. can be helpful in a lot of ways. You don’t necessarily have to become a marathon runner, but it is good to set aside anything between 30 minutes to an hour for workout at least five days a week. Try and set gettable goals and focus on giving your entire body an even workout and watch the difference it makes to your mental and physical wellbeing.
One of the most important things for any woman, be it urban or rural, is to get tested on a regular basis for all the usual suspects including breast cancer, colon cancer, HIV tests etc. Health screenings should usually be an annual affair for everyone, women in particular need to keep a strict eye on their hemoglobin levels, calcium levels and iron levels.
Calcium tablets are an essential supplement for women but it is important not to overdo it. Make sure you get a consult from a licensed physician after you get your results in case you have any questions. If you are sexually active it is always a good idea to get tested on regular basis for STD’s as well as HIV. It may only cost you a couple of hours from your entire year, but getting screened on a regular basis can help you nip anything untoward in the bud.
It sounds generic, doesn’t it? But the thing is, most Indian women pay very little attention to diet. Include a lot of greens and protein in your diet. Fasting while great for your body once in a while, simply ignoring food will never make you healthy.
Try and focus on what you eat, having a kitchen stocked up with healthy food items will encourage you to make something healthy. Introduce your family to healthy recipes and make sure you are eating a lot of fruits. Eating healthy can help sort out any vitamin deficiencies you might be facing.
Having seven to eight hours of sleep is essential for everyone. A working woman, however, gets anything between five to six hours of sleep every night.
This not only compounds the amount of stress you face in your daily life but also makes you less productive and effectively destroys your immune system. Make it a point to get at least seven hours of sleep every day, however, having said that, avoid sleeping in the afternoon.
We wish all the women out there a very happy International Women’s Day and thank them for making this world a brighter place.
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