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Did you begin your year with health or wellness related goals? I know I did and while my plans may seem comprehensive and achievable; they usually fall to the wayside by spring. I make my fair share of excuses and hope that next year, I’ll get it right. But this year, I’m trying something different. This year, I’m resetting my health and wellness goals and making a commitment to stick to them. My overall health and wellness goals haven’t changed much from the beginning of the year; but how I’m going to reach them has changed.
Instead of just focusing on my diet and exercise needs, I’m looking at the bigger picture.
I want to focus on my overall health and wellness and think of ways that I can achieve those goals realistically.
Working out is not enough for getting in shape; you also need to take vitamins. In addition to speeding up recovery time, minerals and vitamins help the body burn fat and build muscle.
To make sure that you get the right vitamins and minerals in the right amounts, eat a healthy diet. You want to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, plus some protein and carbohydrates. If this is hard to do, consider adding a supplement.
To promote good bone health, it is important to take calcium. You must take it with vitamin D for the best effect. Sunlight, certain foods, and vitamin D supplements can help with absorption. These will help your body absorb calcium.
Try scheduling supplements that have fat around mealtimes to take them with food. Vitamins A, E, and K can only be absorbed if taken with food. Also, the food should be somewhat fatty.
Of all the sources of vitamin D, sunlight and cow’s milk are very high in potency and easily absorbed. If you aren’t a fan of drinking milk and don’t get a great deal of sun, you might want to add a vitamin D supplement. This will help to fortify your bones.
Iron is essential for making red blood cells. Red blood cells are what carry oxygen around your body. Men do not require as much iron as women do, which is why most supplements are made for women. If you frequently feel exhausted and have difficulty breathing, you might have an iron deficiency.
You can find riboflavin and vitamin B2 in green beans, asparagus, bananas, green beans, and dairy products. Vitamin B2 deficiency can cause cracked and scaly skin and can decrease hemoglobin levels in your blood. Also, riboflavin can help you in your fight against cancer long-term.
Here are six more tips on how women can stay healthy and fit for overall wellness goals.
1. Staying fit and healthy starts with a balanced diet. Know and monitor the right weight for your age. Consult your doctor to learn what food you should avoid and follow your eating discipline routines. If you are trying to lose some weight, foods with high calories should be omitted from your meals. Food with high fiber and low fat should be included a priority in your grocery list instead of red meat, sugars and fats.
2. Drink plenty of water. Drinking at least eight glasses of water everyday. This cleanses the body from impurities. It is also advised for lactating women to increase water intake to keep the body hydrated.
3. Take Vitamins and Supplements. Do not forget your Calcium supplement. Sufficient Calcium intake is beneficial for women of all ages. This has been proven to prevent having cramps and Pre-Menstrual Period (PMS) Symptoms. It also prevents Osteoporosis especially for menopausal women. Vitamin E boosts strong immune system. Women who undergo menopausal period should take Vitamin E-400 as it stops night sweats and hot flashes. Also, Vitamin E is said to be best in avoiding wrinkles when aging.
4. Quit smoking. If you are smoking, stop. It is also a big “NO” for pregnant women, as this will affect the health of the baby. Pregnant women who smoke may pass the harmful content of cigarettes to babies through the bloodstream. Recent studies have shown that women smokers are more prone to diseases than men smokers. Women who smoke have a high risk of getting breast cancer. Also limit your alcohol intake.
5. Incorporate exercises in your daily routine. Take a walk after work, use stairs instead of elevator or play with your kids when you are at home. Home exercises are also effective especially when you do not have time to go to the gym and would like to lose some weight. Yoga and Pilates are only a few of the many effective exercises you can do at home. Exercises help in limiting the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
6. Avoid stress. Many women are prone to too much stress. Stress has been known as cause to many sicknesses. As much as possible take time to relax. Read a good book, hang out with friends and engage into sports. Pamper yourself by going to parlors or you can do some shopping. And do not forget to get enough sleep to revive your energy.
How am I incorporating these tips into my life? 1 and 2 are the easiest, I suppose and I’m thankful to have been smoke free since 2013.
I try to get outside daily, whether it’s a quick walk around the neighborhood or a more engaging and vigorous visit to the park to play.
When the weather permits, we’re going to start our garden and not only will that be good for my diet but there is exercise to be found in gardening.
But, one of the easiest steps that I’m taking towards better overall health and wellness? I’m incorporating Nature Made vitamins and supplements into my daily routine.
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What steps are you taking towards better health and wellness this year? Have you considered adding vitamins and supplements?
*Based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its Scantrack Service for the Vitamins Category for 52-week period ending 1/02/2016, for the xAOC Market. Copyright © 2016 Nielsen.