It’s National Women’s Health Week! Here is “10 Ways to Live a Healthier Lifestyle” to keep you living your best life possible.
Watch what you eat
Just because you can scarf down a whole pizza doesn’t mean you should. Author Dan Buettner, who studies longevity around the world, found that the oldest Japanese people stop eating when they are feeling only about 80% full.
Have regular sex (or eat a lot of dark chocolate)
Regular sex lowers your blood pressure, improves your sleep, boosts your immunity, protects your heart, and can even add up to three years to your life. Getting it on can often burn up to as many calories as a 30-minute run- which would you rather do? If you don’t have a regular partner to romp around with, dark chocolate boosts the same serotonin increasing effects as sex, and can even help suppress your appetite.
Turn off the TV
Netflix binges can kill you. A 2010 study found that people who watched four or more hours a day were 46% more likely to die from any cause than people who watched less than two hours a day.
Take care of your skin
A whopping 98 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 34 who tan understand that skin cancer can be deadly – yet, we still tan. It’s never too late (or early) to develop a good skin care routine to not only help deflect skin cancer, but keep you looking young by preventing wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin.
Develop a close network of friends
Being lonely can kill you by causing inflammation, and in otherwise healthy people it can be just as dangerous as having high cholesterol or even smoking. Research shows that you’re at greater risk of heart disease without a strong network of friends and family so build healthy and supportive relationships now.
Cut back on alcohol (but, not too much)
Women who have two or more drinks a day may run into detrimental effects ranging from weight gain to relationship problems. On the flip side, researchers have found women who drank two to seven glasses of wine per week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression and that red wine has anti-aging properties.
Eat your fruits and veggies
Nutritional powerhouses filled with fiber and vitamins, fruits and veggies can lower your risk of heart disease by 76% and may even play a role in decreasing your risk of breast cancer. As a bonus, the inflammation-fighting and circulation-boosting powers of the antioxidants in fruits and veggies can banish the wrinkles you got from all that sun exposure.
Develop a fitness regime
A 2008 study found that regular high-intensity exercise (such as running) can add up to four years to your life, If you’re not ready to run a marathon yet, Even moderate exercise—like a quick, 30-minute walk each day—can lower your risk of heart problems.
Put down the cigarettes
We’ve known what a detriment smoking can be to our health for decades, yet 22% of millennials still pick up cancer sticks. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that women who quit smoking by age 35 add roughly six to eight years to their lives.
Make your sexual health a priority
60% of millennial women reported having sex at least once per week, yet in 2014, there were 1.4 million reported cases of chlamydia in the US (2.5 times higher than it was 20 years before) and 350,000 cases of gonorrhea (a 10 percent increase since 2010). What’s even scarier is that most of these infections are becoming antibiotic resistant. Getting tested regularly, self-screening for breast cancer, and attending your yearly check up with your OB-GYN is essential to a healthy and happy vagina.