Does it ever appear that some women simply have it all together? Some women know exactly what they need to do to balance their personal life with their professional life. If any of this rings true, you can enjoy some of the health tips that I shared with Beth Howard, Health Writer for Today’s Charlotte Woman. You can read the full article on Health Habits Successful Women Should Know, on p. 54 and also read some of the tips that I shared below. Enjoy!
- Learn how to manage stress
Knowing that there is a direct correlation between illness and stress, it becomes extremely important for us to develop ways to manage stressful situations. Working out, meditating, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or a full body massage, are just a few of the techniques that successful women have used to move beyond their temporary stressful situation; while they learn to adapt to a permanent healthy solution.
- Implement a dietary lifestyle solution
Successful women realize that diets simply don’t work. What’s does work is purposefully selecting healthy food choices that will sustain them not only throughout their day, but throughout their life. In my best-selling book How to Be Schoolgirl Skinny: Eat Your Cake and Have Your Figure Too, I share the importance of eating foods that will fuel your body. Foods like whole grains, leafy greens, eating protein with every meal, learning how to substitute healthy food choices for sugary and fatty snacks; and most importantly eliminating sugar and the “white stuff” from our daily intake.
- Get your zzz’s
The amount of sleep that each person should have can vary. We all know that some people can get away with less sleep than others and still maintain a successful and productive day. However most experts suggest an average of 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep plays an important role in recharging both our physical as well as our mental health; in addition to aiding in weight control and promoting healthy growth and development. As a general rule, I recommend to my clients to sleep until they are fully rested, then begin the day.
- Stay hydrated
We should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Drinking water consistently throughout the day aids the body in the release of toxins as well as keeping us fully hydrated especially on long hot summer days like we have in Charlotte, NC. As a general rule most successful women start off their day by drinking a full glass of water. They also drink water before every meal and carry water with them to work, the gym, or whenever they leave the house.
- Keep it Moving
When it comes to exercise, don’t think about a formal routine—think about having fun and simply moving. So what is it that successful women do to stay fit? Perhaps swimming, running, kickboxing, yoga, whatever it maybe they just do it. Some form of physical activity will provide the benefits that are needed to stay in shape and essentially healthy.