If there is anything women know, it is that they must remain healthy to conquer the day. For women attempting to climb the ladder and still maintain a happy home life, balance is key. In all of the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget your own needs and end up running to the doctor on a regular basis for simple ailments. Included here are a few tips for staying healthy as a busy professional woman.
Start the Day Right
The way you choose to start your day can have lasting impacts for the rest of your life. Are you choosing to wake up at the same time every day? Do you get enough sleep the night before? Waking up rested and refreshed is important for your health and can mean the difference between energized work and a day of dragging.
Regardless of how you rested, breakfast is key. What are you starting your day with? Reheated Eggo waffles may be convenient but they are deficient of many of the nutrients and vitamins you need to start your day. If you find yourself munching on a granola bar and swigging a cup of coffee, make sure you are taking a multivitamin to keep your body nourished.
For a healthy, fast breakfast, pour yourself a cup of milk, throw an egg in the oven and put bread in the toaster. Peel an orange to eat in the car on the drive to work, or slice an avocado in half and eat it with a spoon. Consider subbing in a healthy cup of green tea for your morning coffee, it will keep you hydrated and provide you with caffeine plus added health benefits you won’t see with coffee.
Routine is Everything
The most important step to maintaining a healthy, balanced life is in having a routine. Oversleeping, missing meals and skipping exercise is a great way to make yourself ill and exhausted. Be sure you maintain the same wakeup call, even on the weekends, eat nutritious meals about the same time each day and get at least 3 days of exercise in per week.
If you find yourself adhering to most healthy guidelines, yet you still feel drained, consider increasing your water intake. Studies have shown that up to 75% of the U.S. population is chronically dehydrated. If you find yourself falling short of your daily intake (roughly 1 ounce per pound you weigh), you could suffer from exhaustion, headaches and countless other health conditions.
A great way to get more water is to buy a reusable bottle and keep it with you at all times. Individuals who keep water with them at all times are more likely to take sips throughout the day and keep their system hydrated. If something as simple as a reusable bottle can help you avoid those painful kidney stones, why wouldn’t you make the commitment?