KEEP ACTIVE AND EAT HEALTHY TO IMPROVE WELL

     

A healthy lifestyle can help you thrive throughout your life. Making healthy choices isn"t always easy, however. It can be hard lớn find the time và energy to lớn exercise regularly or prepare healthy meals. However, your efforts will pay off in many ways, and for the rest of your life.

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Steps you can take:

Be physically active for 30 minutes most days of the week. Break this up into three 10-minute sessions when pressed for time. Healthy movement may include walking, sports, dancing, yoga, running or other activities you enjoy.Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose a diet that"s low in saturated fat và cholesterol, và moderate in sugar, salt & total fat.Avoid injury by wearing seatbelts và bike helmets, using smoke và carbon monoxide detectors in the home, & using street smarts when walking alone. If you own a gun, recognize the dangers of having a gun in your home. Use safety precautions at all times.Ask someone you trust for help if you think you might be addicted to lớn drugs or alcohol.Help prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) & HIV/AIDS by using condoms every time you have sexual contact. Condoms aren"t 100 percent foolproof, so discuss STI screening with your provider. Birth control methods other than condoms, such as pills và implants, won"t protect you from STIs or HIV.Brush your teeth after meals with a soft or medium bristled toothbrush. Also brush after drinking & before going to lớn bed. Use dental floss daily.Stay out of the sun, especially between 10 a.m. And 3 p.m. When the sun"s harmful rays are strongest. You are not protected if it is cloudy or if you are in the water — harmful rays pass through both. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that guards against both UVA & UVB rays, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Select sunglasses that block 99 lớn 100 percent of the sun"s rays.


Maintaining a Healthy Outlook

Women today have busy, demanding lives. You may feel pulled in different directions và experience găng tay from dealing with work, family và other matters, leaving little time for yourself. Learning khổng lồ balance your life with some time for yourself will pay off with big benefits — a healthy outlook và better health.

Steps you can take:

Stay in touch with family và friends.Be involved in your community.Maintain a positive attitude and do things that make you happy.Keep your curiosity alive. Lifelong learning is beneficial to your health.Healthy intimacy takes all forms but is always không tính phí of coercion.Learn khổng lồ recognize & manage bao tay in your life. Signs of stress include trouble sleeping, frequent headaches & stomach problems; being angry a lot; và turning to food, drugs & alcohol to relieve stress. Good ways to deal with áp lực include regular exercise, healthy eating habits và relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing or meditation. Talking khổng lồ trusted family members & friends can help a lot. Some women find that interacting with their faithcommunity is helpful in times of stress.Get enough sleep and rest. Adults need around eight hours of sleep a night.Talk to lớn your health care provider if you feel depressed for more than a few days; depression is a treatable illness. Signs of depression include feeling empty and sad, crying a lot, loss of interest in life, và thoughts of death or suicide. If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, get help right away. Gọi 911, a local crisis center or(800) SUICIDE.

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UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only và is not intended to lớn replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you khổng lồ discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.


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