Most women do not know this fact, but the number one killer disease of women is not breast cancer; it is heart disease. Armed with this fact, women today need to be more attuned to their bodies, what they put into them, and how they use them.
The lifestyle of women is very different today than it was just one generation ago. Women are working and managing their families. There is also the influx of single motherhood in today’s society. With all this stress put upon women, it is no wonder that heart disease is among their number one killer.
Time Is a Woman’s Best Friend
Have you ever noticed that many of today’s women are food shopping, talking on their cell phones, and tending to a small child while writing something down? Women today are experts at multi-tasking. However, to what end?
A woman has the super-hero ability to find time for everyone and everything, except for when it comes to the most important woman in her life – herself.
Finding time to instill good habits is not only essential to a woman’s health but essential to her family’s health as well. If you do not take care of yourself, who will take care of your family?
Find a few extra minutes in the morning to throw some healthy snacks in your bag. It could be something as simple as a few carrot sticks or some nuts and grapes. Perhaps shopping for these extra healthy snacks and putting them in a separate bag on Sunday evening to take to work will be enough to get your week off on the right foot.
Common sense tells us that exercise is important. One hour per week is a great way to start. One hour per week is not a huge commitment and will reap benefits in health as well as attitude. You will probably notice that you will feel better after that one hour and will want to commit to doing that a little more.
In a bright red pen, put down a time one-hour per week that you are going to exercise, even if it is a brisk walk during lunch.
And if there is a set of stairs that you can take instead of using the elevator, then do so. Leave yourself five extra minutes per day to walk up to work. Get off the subway or bus one stop earlier during nice weather and walk a bit.
Be held accountable by your sister, your husband, your children, or your best friend. Include them in your commitment and have them hold you accountable.
Once you find yourself including some type of cardio into your lifestyle, you will find yourself wanting to do more. Cardio has many benefits from heart health to peace of mind to better sleep.
With all these benefits, why not really think about your loved ones and put taking care of your heart on your list of things to do today!