May is our month ladies--Women’s Health Month. And May 14 to 21 is National Women’s Health Week. So let’s make this month our very best and really focus on ourselves and our health. Here’s two tiny tweaks that will add up to big health changes when you do them every day!
Walk! My number one piece of health advice for all women--WALK!
A 25 minute brisk daily walk can add up to seven years to your life! And that’s just the beginning of what walking can do for you! Walking is the ultimate all-in-one multi-tasking miracle for women. In fact, a recent study done in Australia reported that staying physically active is far more likely to determine a woman’s future risk of heart disease than other well-known factors including smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure. Walking takes care of our whole Self--body/mind/spirit like no other exercise.
Starting right now add more walking to your day and you’ll reap the benefits for years to come! Here’s some tips on how to work walking into your day every day.
Drink Water! I cannot say enough about drinking water.
Your body is 60-70% water. You can do the math and figure out how many pounds/gallons of water you’re carrying in your body mass--it’ll blow your mind.
I carry nine gallons of water. Thank heavens it’s distributed throughout my body! I can’t quite fathom hauling nine gallon jugs of water around with me every day.
Here’s why drinking water is so important: according to Brian Richter, Chief Scientist for the Global Water Program of The Nature Conservancy, “With a deficit of as little as one quart you’re likely going to start losing some cognitive function, alertness, and ability to concentrate. If you lose a gallon you’ll start feeling pretty lethargic, and you’ll likely have a bad headache. If you’re down two gallons you’re going to be sick enough to be in the hospital. Three gallons and you’re in the morgue.”
Now consider that during a normal day we breathe, urinate, and sweat out about three quarts of water. We could easily be in the zone between some loss of cognitive function and bad headache. Not fun. That mid-to-late afternoon headache you get on a daily basis? Guess what--it’s dehydration. Continuously replenishing your body’s water is the key to staying hydrated and hydration=health.
So for Women’s Health Month, put away the sodas and drink water. And if you want to really hydrate, drink the best water on the planet, Defiance Fuel. (Look for a detailed post on Defiance Fuel soon!)
So there’s my two tweaks to turn May into your healthiest month ever.
Walking + Drinking Water = A Happy, Healthy, Long Life. And that’s what I want for you!
Happy Women’s Health Month!