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6 Health Tips for Successful Businesswomen

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by ElizabethM

As a successful business woman, you know that feeling healthy and energetic can not only help you to perform at your best at work, but feel great too. Juggling a successful business, home life, and social life, along with a hectic schedule can be stressful enough without added burden of a health problem. While illnesses are never entirely unavoidable, being proactive, rather than reactive concerning your health will help to keep you in tip-top shape.

Here's are six successful women's health tips.

1) Avoid risky behaviors. Nearly 400,000 people die from tobacco-related deaths in the United States annually, reports the American Lung Association. Many of these deaths could be circumvented, if smoking wasn't involved. Similarly, if you drink alcohol, make sure it is in moderation. Avoid other risky behaviors, such as riding a bicycle helmet less, riding in a car without a seatbelt, and texting while driving.

2) Manage stress. Most women wear many hats: mother, daughter, sister, spouse, friend, employee, business owner, and even grandmother! With so many responsibilities, it's no wonder that many women feel a lot of pressure and stress. But Dr. Donald Novey with the Advocate Medical Group explains that your mental health is also important to your physical well-being. Whether it is deep breathing, meditation, exercise, yoga, or a good, long bath, find what activity relaxes you and participate in it several times a week, if not daily.

Getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep on most nights, will also help you to better manage stress. Getting enough shut eye is a key component of successful women's health.

3) Get screened for cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends certain screenings for women, including breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer as follows:

  • Breast cancer. Annual mammogram and breast exam by a physician or nurse beginning at the age of 40. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a doctor or nurse examine their breasts every three years.
  • Cervical cancer. Women should obtain a Pap smear and HPV test according to their age guidelines as recommended by the American Cancer Society. All women should be screened for cervical cancer beginning at the age of 21, but frequency recommendations vary by age and previous test results.
  • Colon cancer. Screening for colon cancer is recommended beginning at the age of 50. Depending on your doctor's recommendations, screening tests may include a colonoscopy or other less invasive tests.

4) Practice sun safety. Spending excessive and unprotected time in the skin can increase your chance of skin cancer, which can be life threatening. Always wear sun protection of SPF 15 or higher, a hat, or long-sleeve shirts when out in the sun. Today's cosmetic makeup can be purchased with SPF protection built-in, which makes it easier to keep your face protected from the sun's damaging rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends examining your skin every month from your head down to your toe as well as seeing a physician annually for a skin exam.

5) Eat healthy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published Dietary Guidelines for Americans that includes 23 key recommendations for the general population. These recommendations include consuming fewer foods with trans fats, saturated fats, refined grains, added sugars, and sodium. Another successful women's health tip includes consuming more whole-grains, fruits, vegetables, seafood, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.

6) Exercise. In 2008, the federal government issued its first-time ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Of particular note, the guidelines say most health benefits occur after 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. This breaks down to five 30 minute sessions of physical exercise a week. According to the guidelines, brisk walking is included in the acceptable forms of physical activity.

Every successful business woman deserves to thrive in all aspects of life. That means practicing good preventative healthcare, becoming more active, eating well, and managing stress to name a few. Always see your doctor for regular checkups, and ask your physician how you can further lower your risk for health problems.

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