I am so excited to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart, which is women’s wellness. As women, our day-to-day activities can impact the quality of our lives. And while I’m talking about women’s wellness, guys, don’t think this information doesn’t apply to you. Every bit of it applies to you too, okay?
So, let’s get into it. Here are five reasons why wellness really matters for women.
Women’s Wellness Reason #1: Stress Management
It doesn’t really matter what you do for a living. Somehow and in some way, you are impacted by stress. And let me tell you, exercise really will help you handle that stress. First, exercise can distract you from whatever is stressing you out. As a blogger, it’s not uncommon for me to get stuck when I’m writing. Maybe it’s writer’s block, I don’t know, but I just can’t figure out what to write next. That’s an example of one of my stressors. Your particular stressor might be dealing with an aging parent, dealing with coworkers, classmates, a difficult project, etc.
Did you know that if you take a break and go for a 15-minute walk or run, you can take your mind off of your stress factor? Use the small break to clear your mind and get rid of any brain fog. By doing so, you can come back to the stressful issue feeling refreshed, renewed, and rejuvenated. This simple action will enable you to be more productive too.
Women’s Wellness Reason #2: Hormones
Believe it or not, many of us deal with hormone-related health issues like stress, depression, sleep deprivation, weight gain, and mood swings. By integrating exercise into your lifestyle, you can regulate some hormone imbalances. Here’s what happens: you experience really positive things like increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Why? It could be that your body starts to physically change and you like how you look in your clothes. It could be that you start taking pleasure in the fitness challenges that you accomplish. As an example, maybe you couldn’t walk for 15 minutes before, but after integrating exercise into your life, you could! These are just a few ways that exercise can boost your self-esteem and your confidence in a huge way.
And here’s another benefit–you’ll be in a better mood. High-intensity exercise literally boosts your mood because your body releases endorphins. These are neurotransmitters that make you feel happy. It’s the best! In addition, exercise will help you to relax. So, if you have trouble falling asleep at night, try to add in some exercise! Whether you exercise in the morning, or in the early evening, you can still see a positive impact from exercise that can improve your sleep cycle. Also, exercise can minimize issues related to depression and anxiety, improve your confidence, and improve the quality of your life in small and big ways.
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Women’s Wellness Reason #3: Nutrition
I can’t talk about women’s wellness without mentioning nutrition because food is the fuel that you put into your body. Think of your body as if it’s a car. You wouldn’t put unleaded gas in a car with a diesel engine, would you? No, because the car wouldn’t work. That same concept applies to your body. What you eat really matters because food enables your body to function properly.
We often think about food when it comes to weight management, right? That’s a no-brainer. But there are other big benefits when it comes to proper nutrition. Food protects you from serious diseases like cancer and heart disease. In addition, food can be used to treat digestive and immune disorders. And, food helps to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. So, what we eat can make a big impact in our lives.
Women’s Wellness Reason #4: Mindset
Your mindset is so important because it impacts how you think about yourself, other people and the world in general. When you have a healthy mindset, it gives you the fortitude to take on the crazy things that come our way in life. So, a healthy mindset is huge!
I encourage you to take a moment to think about the things in your life that might be negatively impacting you. It could be social media, the news, your peer groups, etc. Try to be in tune with yourself as you’re engaging with these things and/or people. If you notice that you’re feeling negative about yourself then think about how you can limit your exposure to that thing/person/etc. This is just something for you to be aware of as you think about how you can really improve your mindset.
Women’s Wellness Reason #5: Physical Strength
You may or may not be aware of it, but having physical strength allows you to do normal everyday activities. I’m talking about walking up and down staircases, carrying groceries, etc. These are things that we often take for granted, but they can be hard for people to do. These activities are easier if you have physical strength.
In addition, normal everyday activities like working at a computer and driving a car negatively impact our posture. But thankfully, strength training can counteract those activities. When you build strength in your back muscles, those muscles help to improve your posture and keep your body in proper alignment. Poor posture means your body is not in proper alignment and that can lead to back pain and other issues.
While there are many more reasons why women’s wellness matters so much, I’ll stop with those five. Let’s shift gears and discuss some very practical things you can do today to improve your wellness!
Do: Increase Your Mobility
The human body is meant to move and to be active. Unfortunately, it’s really easy to be sedentary because of what we do every day. We sit at our computers for hours at a time, and we drive to and fro. So, you have to make a concerted effort to be physical and active. Here’s what you can do. When you go to the grocery store or to the mall, don’t park in the closest parking spot. Park further away and force yourself to walk more. It makes a difference!
Next, get into a walking routine. Whether it’s for 15 minutes a couple of times a week, or every day for 30 minutes, just do it. Walking is good for getting outside, clearing your mind, and improving your mindset. Also, set an alarm on your phone or your watch to remind yourself to get up and walk every hour or so. That can be a really effective way to ensure you’re walking regularly.
Do: Drink More Water
You’d be surprised how much our body thrives on water. It is a big deal! Water energizes your body and helps your brain to function. It also helps to reduce headaches, balance pH, keep you breathing, regulate body temperature, and prevent cardiovascular disease. You’ll hear people recommend a water intake of 64 ounces of water a day. Actually, if you exercise, you need more than that. But let’s start with 64 ounces. I’m going to tell you how you can get your first eight ounces of water! Put a glass of water by your bed. When you get up (and before you get a cup of coffee) drink that eight ounces of water. You’ll get that first eight ounces out of the way, just like that.
The second way you can do it is to grab a big water bottle (like 30 ounces or larger). In fact, THIS is my favorite one right now. When you have a big water bottle, it’s easier to count your ounces. And, you can get more tips about increasing your water intake HERE.
Last, if you’re a visual person, I have a water tracker that you can download HERE. Simply cross off the ounces on the tracker as you drink water throughout the day!
Do: Limit Processed Foods
Processed foods were designed to make life simple. Just grab one and go because they are pre-packaged and easy. The problem is they don’t contain a bunch of nutrients. For that reason, I recommend small changes to limit your processed food intake. If you have one processed snack a day (i.e., chips), swap that snack for a piece of fruit instead, like an apple. Trust me, small changes can make a big difference.
Also, observe how you shop at the grocery store. Do you shop in the center of the grocery store (which is where the processed foods are shelved), or do you shop around the perimeter of the store (which is where the non-processed, whole foods are located)? Try to shop around the perimeter vs. the center of the store. Again, small changes like this can make big differences in your health and wellness.
Friends, I hope that I’ve inspired you to prioritize your health and wellness, especially when it comes to women’s wellness. It’s vital to take care of ourselves by staying physically active, eating good foods, and staying focused on the things that are positive in our lives. If this post helped you, please comment below. And if you know someone who needs to read these tips today, please forward this to them!
Take care and be well!
Mrs. Traylor is a Fitness Instructor, NASM Certified Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach, AFPA Certified Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Specialist, wife, and momma who provides actionable advice for positive lifestyle changes with fitness, nutrition, and wellness. Read about Wendy’s inspiring entrepreneurial journey, and subscribe to Wendy’s newsletter here!