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I think it’s kind of amusing that this post begins with the statement you can’t buy health, because of course you can! Good health of almost all kinds is related to income, except for one glaring admission: mental health. Poor countries tend not to have lots of spoiled, rich white lady problems like depression or PTSD or OCD or bi-polar or whatever the current mental health issue of the day is. Now let’s be clear – I am not claiming that mental health issues do not exist. Far be it from me to tell a solider coming back from a war zone that he isn’t experiencing a serious interruption in the way in his brain responds to stimuli, or that a parent who just buried a child isn’t experiencing incapacitating grief that will forever alter their brain chemistry.
What I will claim is that rich white college-educated ladies hitch their wagons to serious mental health issues for attention and to compete in the Oppression Olympics, which are getting tougher every day! Does this ever get old?
Health is something you can control, to a much larger degree than the fat-acceptance, just give up leftie progressives would have you believe. Here’s how to start.
Health is one of the only things we can’t buy these days. Yet, although it’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted, women regularly make the same health mistakes over and over again. The earlier we begin taking care of our health the better, and that doesn’t mean trying to stay as skinny as possible! Health is about so much more than that.
Let’s go into the top 12 health mistakes that women regularly make, so you have a better idea of what you need to change:
Ordering The Salad
You go out to a nice restaurant for dinner, barely glance at the menu and say you know what you want to order – because you’ve known all day. You’re ordering the salad. Women tend to do this for a number of reasons. They think they’re being healthy, or perhaps they’re trying to ‘watch their weight’. The truth is, salads can be just as calorific as other meals on the menu! Salads that come with lots of added extras, like fruit, nuts, cheese, and sauces can be very high in calories. While some salads are chock full of healthy, filling vegetables, not all of them are. If you’re ordering a salad because you enjoy them, go ahead (even though you’re still probably lying to yourself). However, the truth is, you probably want something more substantial to eat. How often do you go out to eat at nice restaurants? If it’s not very often, then for heaven’s sakes, treat yourself. Have some pasta. Have a dessert. Drink copious amounts of wine. Enjoy it, and then make healthier choices for your next meal.
Not Applying Sunscreen Daily
It does not have to be sunny outside for the sun to damage our skin. I’ll repeat: it does NOT have to be sunny outside for the sun to damage our skin. Glad we’ve cleared that up! The sun’s rays and even free radicals are always floating about and ready to harm the skin, whether you can see them or not. Applying sunscreen daily is the only way to protect your skin from this and to stay looking younger for longer. It isn’t just about looking young though, is it? It’s about protecting ourselves from the ‘big C’.
You Forget To Floss
Sorry, but brushing and using a mouth rinse just won’t cut it these days. You haven’t completed your oral health routine unless you’ve flossed. First you brush, getting rid of plaque and bacteria, as well as whitening the teeth and fending off stains. Then you floss, getting rid of debris build up from the food you’ve eaten over the day (plaque can’t eat away at your teeth if it isn’t lodged in there anymore). Then you rinse, to help freshen the breath further and get rid of any more lurking bacteria. It’s simple, yet so many women aren’t doing it!
Millions is being spent each year on tooth whitening services, and yet women are not taking a couple of minutes each day to floss. Studies have shown that because of this, at least 23% of women between 30 and 54, and 44% of women over 55, have severe gum disease. This is a serious infection that attacks the tissue surrounding the teeth, as well as the supporting bone. When this dangerous bacteria enters the bloodstream, it can even cause chronic inflammation. The issues are so much more than cosmetic. Once the infection is in your body, experts believe you have more of a risk of heart disease, cancer, strokes, and premature birth. Due to the hormones found in women, bacteria in the mouth tends to spread and grow more readily. Make sure you floss, ladies!
They Avoid The Weights Section Of The Gym
So, you think you’re going to walk into the weights section, do one bicep curl and blow up like Arnie? No, sweetie. Just, no. Sorry, but females do not have the testosterone required to build muscle that quickly. In fact, women can train and eat well for years, and they will shape up, sure, but they won’t have big hulking muscles. The women you see with huge muscles are either A) in a constant surplus and have been training heavy for years or B) taking performance enhancing drugs.
Lifting weights, yes HEAVY weights, weights that challenge you, will help you to shape up, strengthen your bones, improve all aspects of your health and make you feel empowered. Being a cardio bunny and nothing more won’t do a lot more than bore you half to death.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Be honest: are you really getting the amount of sleep you need? I’m not going to sit here and say you HAVE to get 8-9 hours per night. Everybody is different. Somebody might function best off 7, while another needs 9.5 to get the most from their day. It’s all down to the individual. Make sure you know how much sleep you need by paying attention to how you’re getting through each day, and then commit to getting that much sleep per night. Less than 6 hours was shown in studies to be just as bad as getting none at all!
Make sure the sleep you’re getting is quality sleep, too. You should be the right temperature, in complete darkness, with a comfortable bed/pillows, and ideally, with no alcohol in your system. People think alcohol helps them to sleep better, but being knocked out by booze doesn’t make for a good night’s sleep.
Skipping Regular Health Screenings
Especially as we age, we need to have regular health screenings to ensure everything is in working order. This means eye tests, dental exams, full body exams, cervical screenings – anything you need to make sure you’re as healthy as can be. You don’t necessarily need to become a test patient for a lab like Hera BioLabs (although their research is important), but you should definitely book in at least once per year to make sure everything is as it should be.
Yo Yo Dieting
Do you strive for that ‘beach body’ in Summer, only to let it all go in Winter and vow to start again the next year? Put simply, this is yo yo dieting, and this makes you 3.5 times more likely to die from sudden cardiac arrest. It also makes you more like to die from coronary artery disease. Be consistent. Make health and fitness your lifestyle (cliche, but it’s important).
Not Exercising Enough
Maybe you do hit the weights once per week, so you’re feeling a little smug now, but don’t get too cocky. You’re still not getting the right amount of exercise that’s good for the heart. Only 20% of people get the amount they should be getting. Women should aim for the following:
- 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity.
- Or, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.
- Or, a combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.
- Muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days
Not Staying Hydrated
Staying hydrated is a must, and there’s nothing better out there for you to drink than good old H2o. If you don’t get enough water day to day, then you’ll find you age prematurely, you experience constipation, and all kinds of others things happen to your body and mind. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty; carry a big bottle of water with you every day and aim to have goals for throughout the day. You can write times on your bottle for example, and aim to have drank that amount of water by that time.
Ignoring Period Pain
The menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman, but the biggest mistake you can make is thinking that cramps, clots and other issues are normal. If you have things like terrible nausea and cramps, don’t ignore it. See a doctor ASAP and you could have much less troublesome periods sooner than you think.
Smoking To Stay Slim
Smoking is a terrible habit – one that we really shouldn’t have to discuss. You should know how bad it is for your heart, your teeth, your long term health, everything. Many people still smoke because they believe it helps them to keep their weight down, but this is false. Control your weight the healthy way, using diet and exercise, and avoid the cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other serious issues that come with smoking. E-cigarettes can potentially help you on your way to quitting, but don’t be fooled into believing that they are completely healthy. The industry is largely unregulated, so you need to be careful.
Spending Too Many Hours At Work
Most jobs these days you’re sat down all day, which contributes to poor physical health. Not to mention most jobs also contribute to emotional stress! It can be tough to develop a work life balance, but working on it and finding it is one of the most rewarding things that you can do.
Are you making these health mistakes? If you are, it’s time to make some changes!