Experience Optimal Health At Every Age
Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week are upon us, so we’re talking about the steps you can take to help experience optimal health at every age. Our priority at Folsom OB/GYN is to help you, whether you are a mother, daughter, sister, grandmother or a woman at any stage in your life, to experience a happy, healthy lifestyle.
Healthy living in your twenties and thirties
When you’re young, taking preventative steps for the future isn’t always at the top of mind. However, adjusting your lifestyle slightly to include 30 minutes of exercise a day and 7-8 hours of sleep a night can have a huge effect on your health both right now and later on in life.
In your 20s and 30s, you may not be experiencing aches or pains, but it’s still important to visit your doctor annually for check-ups, use sunscreen daily, and aim for a healthy weight through diet and exercise. It’s important to talk to your doctor about the risk of STI’s and maintaining good gynecologic health at this age.
Healthy living in your forties through your fifties
In your 40s and 50s, sleep and exercise may seem hard to squeeze in, especially when you have children to take care of, a household to manage and/or a job that seems to take a lot out of you. It’s tempting to come home and sit down and relax with some takeout food, but 7-8 hours of sleep, 30 minutes of daily exercise and a good diet are essential to maintaining your energy and preventing other health problems.
During this stage in your life, you should still be going in for annual health check-ups. It’s also important to talk to your doctor about perimenopausal symptoms and your family health history, especially cancer risks.
Healthy living in your sixties and beyond
Maintaining an active lifestyle during your younger years is typically correlated to keeping your bones, joints and muscles in good shape during your 60s and beyond. If possible, aim to get 30 minutes of physical activity a day, which is good for your body, brain and heart health.
It’s also essential to pay attention to your mental health in your 60s and after. According to research, regular mental stimulation, socialization and physical activity can help keep your brain sharp as you age.
During your annual doctor visits, be sure to discuss risks such as lung cancer, heart health, osteoporosis and preventing falls.