Women’s Health in Your 20s

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Beth Battaglino Cahill, Executive Director of Healthy Women offers some great tips for women in their 20s.

    Beth Battaglino Cahill: Hi! I am Beth Battaglino Cahill, Executive Director of Healthy Women. Your twenties is an exciting time, full of new experiences and opportunities. So it's easy to get caught up with an exciting social calendar and forgot about your health needs. Now is the perfect time to adopt simple, healthy lifestyle habits that you can maintain for the rest of your life. Here are Healthy Women's five tips for staying healthy and looking and feeling your best in your twenties. Establish an exercise routine that you enjoy. Staying active will help you develop a strong body that looks and feels good as you age. It can lower your risk for diseases and reduce stress and protect your bones and joints. So it's important to take part in physical activities that are not only challenging but also fun and motivating. Keep things interesting by mixing it up, whether it's a dance class or a kayaking trip. Don't be afraid to try something new.

    Maintain healthy eating habits. Stop worrying about your weight and start thinking about your health. Eating mostly whole foods including lots of veggies, fruits and whole grains is the key to feeling and looking your best. Start by adding an additional serving of fruits and vegetables to every meal. Lower your chances of osteoporosis later by consuming more calcium now. Pamela M. Peeke: Now calcium can be found in a lots of different places. Dairy products, I bet you knew that. And that includes milk, yogurt and cheese and also in other foods that you probably didn't think about like leafy green vegetables and spinach and kale, how about broccoli and tofu?

    Beth Battaglino Cahill: Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. So it's important to take a supplement. Pamela M. Peeke: Eat foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, or how about just taking a walk in the sunshine, it works really well.

    Beth Battaglino Cahill: Protect your skin. You are never too young to start taking care of your skin. Healthy habits today will payoff in later years. The key to healthy skin lies beyond which soap you use. It depends on what you eat, whether you exercise, how much stress you are under and even the kind of environment in which you live and work. Eating a diet rich in Vitamins and Minerals, wearing suns cream and getting regular body scans by your dermatologist can keep you looking young and feeling good as you age. Get a good night's sleep. Not getting enough sleep can interfere with your memory and ability to reason and concentrate, make you more susceptible to injury, increase stress levels and reduce your body's ability to fight infection or heal.

    If you have trouble getting a good night's rest, try going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day or taking a hot shower before bed. Manage stress. It's easy to get overwhelmed with balancing a new job, friends and everything else happening in your life. Breathe slow, deep, diaphragmatic reps can trigger a relaxation response in your whole body. So follow these tips to ensure you stay happy and healthy throughout your twenties.