Top 9 Things Young Women Should Do to Help Ensure Health
As young woman, you may think health related ailments cannot and will not happen to you. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Conditions and illnesses do not discriminate. While all illnesses cannot be prevented, there are plenty of actions you can take to help protect against preventable health ailments and keep yourself as healthy as possible.
9. Forgive yourself for any mistakes you may make.
Whether it was a rough day at the office, a college test that did not go so well or anything else, forgive yourself and do not dwell on your mistakes. This can lead to stress and sometimes depression.
8. Consume 400 micrograms of folic acid (a B vitamin) on a daily basis.
Even if you are not planning on having children for years, taking folic acid now can help prevent birth defects in the future.
7. Be safe in the sun.
Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in young women (in their 20s) and the most deadly form of skin cancer. Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 as well as UVA and UVB protectant. If you want a fake tan, opt for a tan in a bottle or a spray tan; avoid indoor tanning beds at all costs.
6. Visit with your doctor each year.
Even if you are healthy and feel great, scheduling a regular pap test can help detect cervical changes. Having a pap test each year can help detect and treat problems before they become serious (such as cervical cancer).
5. Have your cholesterol tested.
Although heart disease is not commonly associated with young women, young women should have their cholesterol checked every five years. High cholesterol can be a sign of heart problems to come in the future.
4. Get a good night’s rest.
Sleep is essential to your overall health and well-being. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, stress, depression and a weakened immune system.
3. Eat healthy.
Consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products. Aim to drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day.
2. Exercise on a regular basis.
Healthy adults should engage in regular exercise five days per week. Aim to participate in 30 minutes of exercise each session. However if you are short on time, you can break your exercise sessions up. For example, engage in two 15 minute sessions per day.
1. Listen to your body.
If something does not feel right, have it checked out. Early detection of anything (from illness to injury) is the best means of treatment and getting healthy again.