This month, as we do each May, we celebrate the women in our lives. Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13, kicks off National Women’s Health Week which ends on May 19. While flowers and cards are nice, this is also a great time to demonstrate how much you care by encouraging your mom, wife, sister, aunt or other favorite ladies to take better care of themselves. She takes care of everyone else. Now show them how important her health is to you!
Here are some of our favorite fitness and nutrition tips:
• Encourage her to exercise for beautiful skin. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on expensive skin potions, help her to rev up her fitness routine. Exercise is one of the smartest ways to improve her skin’s function and appearance. Some of the skin benefits include:
• Weight management. Weight fluctuations can ultimately impact your skin’s elasticity, which can lead to sagging and wrinkling.
• Improved circulation. It enhances the delivery of healthful nutrients to your skin cells, and the removal of potentially damaging toxins.
• Stress mediation. People under stress frequently report acne flare ups and dull skin. Exercise helps to diminish your stress levels, quieting the hormones that are causing these problems.
• Introduce her to simple and delicious ways to take better care of her heart. More than 100 million Americans have elevated cholesterol levels. Encourage her to eat a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol for heart health. Take her grocery shopping and show her the variety of products now available with CoroWise® plant sterols to help lower her cholesterol levels without sacrificing flavor or convenience, and while staying within her usual grocery budget.
• Observe National Women’s Checkup Day, Monday May 14. Improve her chances of staying well by encouraging her to get regular health screenings. This handy chart will help you determine what screenings she may need depending on her age bracket. Of course, always follow her doctor’s advice.
• Download a phone app for her. Not only can phone apps educate her as to how many calories are really in that piece of apple pie (i.e., more than she thinks), she can use them to track how many steps a day she’s actually taking (i.e., fewer than she thinks). That’s the brilliance of healthy phone apps: they’re a technological reality check against the illusions of our minds.
• Help her maintain a sunny, positive attitude. Even if she doesn’t love what she does for work, she can still find enjoyment in life by participating in a hobby about which she is passionate. Help her to find just the right activity that is sure to bring a smile to her face, whether it is an art class or a volunteer opportunity.
This is HER time. Help her make her health a top priority by eating right, staying fit and active, and living a well balanced life.