Our health should be our top priority, but for most women who are busy juggling childrearing and their careers, personal health can often take a backseat. However, it’s good to know that with just a few affordable lifestyle changes one can get back on track on the road to staying healthy.
Dr. Radwa Mohamed Elnozahy, Specialist Obstetrics & Gynecology at Saudi German Clinic Jumeirah, has over the years helped countless women overcome their health issues, and she has a few lifestyle tips for women to stay healthy and stay in check.
- Get active, stay active
Make physical activity a habit. It’s commonly believed that it takes just 21 days to form a habit. A 30-minute workout, four or five times a week, for about 21 days should do it. A walk around the neighborhood, a session at the gym, a simple workout session in front of your TV in the comfort of your apartment, or any other physical activity that you enjoy, is enough to keep you in shape and boost your overall health.
- Eat healthy
Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life. You can improve your health by keeping a balanced diet. Avoid crash diets and overindulgences. Curate a well-balanced diet that include more of vegetables, fruits and wholegrains which are rich in fibre, protein and other vital nutrients. Avoid the temptation of processed and fast foods; they increase the risk of chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and all the other undesirables. Women of childbearing age should consume foods with folic acid such as leafy green vegetables, beans and citrus fruits. For women with menopause, increase intake of foods with calcium and Vitamin D (seafood, fruit, low-fat dairy) to help prevent bone density issues.
- Sound sleep
Besides fighting the signs of ageing, healthy sleep patterns enable proper functioning of the brain. Sleep has a bearing on how you think, react, work, study, drive and manage stress, so making sure you have enough of it is critical in maintaining your physical and mental health.
- Care for your mental health
Stress invites all kinds of sicknesses. Combat mental stresses through meditation. In addition to lowering stress and anxiety levels, meditation and mindfulness improve focus and help manage chronic pain. It can also improve sleep and boost overall health and well-being.
- Annual wellness checks
Visit your doctor for regular health checks. Making this a habit can help with early detection of diseases or chronic conditions and timely mitigation. Some of therecommended checks include pelvic exams, pap smears, breast examination and mammograms, osteoporosis screenings, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, just to name a few.
The Saudi German Clinic offers a full spectrum of services to patients of all ages and provides comprehensive and continuing health care for the whole family. This March, for only AED 499, Saudi German Clinic Jumeirah is offering women a comprehensive WELL WOMAN check-up which includes a pelvic ultrasound, breast exam, vaginal swab, pap smear and a general consultation with Dr. Radwa Mohamed Elnozahy.