Friday, May 4, 2018

Six Habits of Healthy Women - Part 2

The truth is great health isn't complicated. Besides exercising, eating fruits and veggies, and never smoking, healthy women have six different habits that contribute to a long, high-quality life. I shared three habits last week. Check out these additional three today.

4. Healthy women use a lot of sunscreen.

Use at least one ounce, enough to fill a shot glass spread out over every exposed inch of your body. Some women put it on before they dress to avoid missing spots. Don't forget ears, neck, and, during sandal season, your toes. Try using stick sunscreen on the back of your hands to prevent sticky palms.

5. Healthy women don't fight stress with screens. 

At the end of a long, harried day, the path of least resistance is often paved with wine, ice cream and endless mind-dulling games of Candy Crush. But binge-watching Netflix offers only instant gratification - a little hit of dopamine in the brain's reward center.

Do something instead that fosters a genuine positive emotion; that's what induces feelings of calm and safety and puts the brakes on your body's stress response. One of the best ways to tap into good vibes: connect with others in person, not just via Instagram or Facebook likes.

6. Healthy women are strict about bedtime.

Mix up your meals, your workouts and your social life - but be consistent about getting shut-eye. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is essential to making sure you get enough sleep. Over time, lack of sleep can increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, depression, diabetes and more. Plus, it's hard to feel productive or fend off stress and mood swings when you're yawning through the day. Set up a relaxing bed-time routine that includes turning off all electronic devices.

Of course, these healthy habits apply to men as well. 
Share the good news, ladies, and keep the men in your lives healthy, too.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food

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