How many can you cross off your list already?
Make holistic health a habit while you’re still young, so you’ll be more likely to stick with it as you get older. Here are 10 holistic, healthy choices every woman should make by the time she hits the big 4-0. And even if you are over 40, better late than never!
#1: Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is linked to lower stress levels, higher brainpower, and many other health benefits. So if you’re using exercise as a means of shaping your body, you should use meditation to sharpen your mind. Follow these tips to add mindfulness to your daily routine.
#2: Learn about your family’s health history
Your father may not want to talk about your mother’s struggle with dementia or your grandfather’s battle with cancer, but your health and well-being depend on it.
The more you learn about your family’s health history, the better prepared you and your doctor will be to address any issues you may face. So have those tough conversations with your family members to protect your health.
#3: Get Regular Health Checks
To stay on top of your health, you’ll need to do more than see your dentist once a year. Regular health checks are important as they can identify any early signs of health problems.
Catching problems early on means your chances of effective treatment are significantly increased. Your age, current health, family history, and lifestyle affect how often you need checkups.
#4: Get your vitamins from food, not supplements
Not all supplements are created equal. In fact, studies suggest that some supplements are linked to negative health consequences.
Currently, there are no federal restrictions on vitamins or dietary supplements. Simply put, vitamin and supplement manufacturers are not required to obtain FDA approval before manufacturing or selling their products to consumers.
The bottom line: Nothing replaces a healthy diet. Adopting a healthy diet full of natural, whole foods is a much more effective and safer way to get vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients into your body.
Related: Supplements vs. Food: The Hard Truth Behind Vitamins
#5: Give up extreme diets
The maximum amount of weight you can safely lose each week is 1 to 2 pounds. This can only be achieved by creating a calorie deficit, burning more calories than you consume. To do this, you’ll need to make healthy eating and regular exercise part of your weekly routine.
Calorie counting and severely restricting your caloric intake is detrimental to your health and prevents you from getting all the nutrients you need. Additionally, it sends your body into starvation mode, an approach that is unsustainable and leads to a slowing of metabolism.
#6: Limit Screen Time
We’re not asking you to cancel your Netflix membership, but weight gain is linked to increased screen time.
Therefore, keep the time you spend scrolling through your phone or watching your favorite series to a minimum. And if you can’t help it, use these helpful tips to stay more active, even when you’re watching your favorite show.
#7: Discover the great outdoors
According to research, exercising outdoors is the greatest mental boost for health. Spending more time in nature is linked to living a happier, healthier life. Take a look at these 5 amazing reasons to go out.
#8: Always apply sunscreen
Everyone loves a golden tan, but as you age, the sun can wreak havoc on your health. Regular application of sunscreen prevents skin cancer by protecting you from harmful UV rays. In addition, sunscreen helps prevent premature aging, wrinkles, and sun spots. It’s a win win!
#9: Wash your face before bed
At one time or another, we’ve all gone straight to bed without washing our faces, but it shouldn’t become standard practice. The more times you forget to wash your face before bed (especially if you have makeup on), the more damage your skin will take over time. Use these helpful skin care tips.
#10: Find a workout you like
Working out improves your mood, improves your skin, helps you lose weight – the list goes on and on. But if you hate working out, the chances of you continuing to do so are pretty slim, so make sure you find something you love.
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