Juggling work, family, and personal time can make staying on top of your health feel overwhelming. But taking proactive steps towards well-being doesn’t have to be complicated! Let’s explore five essential todo’s for women’s health:

  1. Preventive Screenings:
  • Schedule Regular Screenings: Discuss your personal and family history with your doctor to determine the best schedule for mammograms, Pap smears (starting at age 21), colonoscopies (starting at age 45), and Dexa scans (especially over 65 or with risk factors).
  1. Prioritize Exercise:
  • Aim for Movement: Following ADA guidelines, incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity) spread throughout the week. This can be anything you enjoy, from brisk walking to dancing! Don’t forget to include isometric stretches for strengthening and core and balance exercises for overall stability.
  1. Nurture Your Mental Wellbeing:
  • Mind-Body Connection: Practice mindfulness techniques like meditation or deep breathing. If you experience persistent mood changes, consider talking to a therapist. In today’s digital world, setting screen time boundaries is crucial, allowing you to prioritize sleep, relationships, and self-care.
  1. Manage Reproductive Health:
  • Partner with Your Doctor: Your primary care physician can address your reproductive health needs, including STD testing, Pap smears, screening for cervical cancer, and guidance through hormonal changes and life transitions.
  1. Know Your Heart Health:
  • Proactive Approach: Discuss your risk factors for heart disease with your doctor, including family history, cholesterol levels, and any symptoms you experience. Early detection and management can significantly improve your heart health.

Remember, this is just a starting point. Always consult your doctor to tailor these recommendations to your specific needs. By incorporating these five elements into your routine, you’ll be well on your way to taking charge of your health.