The Importance of Exercise and Diet for Women’s Health

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Dr. Manu Lakshmi

21 Jul 2023

How Exercise Benefits Women:

Women need to exercise regularly for their health. It improves their quality of life and reduces the risks of several diseases and illnesses. Exercise provides mental, emotional and physical benefits that can improve various aspects of their lives.

These are some of the many benefits that can accrue to a woman who exercis

  • Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.
  • Reduces the risk of developing lethal heart diseases.
  • Reduces the risk of suffering from diabetes.
  • Reduces the risk of having colon cancer.
  • Reduces the feelings of depression and anxiety.
  • Helps to keep the bones, muscles and joints healthy.
  • Makes elders stronger and prevents falls from happening.
  • Helps control weight, build lean muscle mass and reduce body fat
  • Prevents or delays the development of high blood pressure
  • Reduces blood pressure in adolescents and adults with hypertension
  • Helps relieve stress

Exercise is necessary for every woman. It benefits their mental and physical health. Women who exercise live longer and happier lives. There are many exercises that women can do, such as

  • Push-up:
    It works your entire body, from your shoulders and arms to your hips and legs. It is an effective exercise that strengthens the chest, tones the arms and stabilises the core and abdominal muscles.
  • Squats:
    They target the muscles in the lower body, the buttocks, the thighs and calves. They help strengthen the core which makes common movements like turning, bending and even standing easier. By strengthening the legs, they reduce the risk of injury.
  • Weight lifting:
    Weight-lifting is very good for women. It reduces the risk of heart disease more effectively than cardio. It makes them stronger which enables them to do physically demanding tasks.
  • Running:
    One of the most effective forms of exercise is running. It increases speed and strength. It mainly works the lower body muscles but also the core and chest. It is a whole-body workout. The ground impact strengthens the bones and the heavy breathing strengthens the lungs.

Any of these or other exercises can benefit a woman’s health. They make them fitter and stronger.

How a Woman’s Diet Affects Her Health:

Women have different nutritional needs than men. Women have requirements for certain vitamins and minerals that are much higher. Hormonal changes associated with menstruation, child-bearing, and menopause create a higher risk of anaemia, weakened bones, and osteoporosis. Therefore, women require a higher intake of nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin B9.
A healthy diet is important for women. It has the following benefits:

  • Helps you live longer.
  • Keeps skin, teeth, and eyes healthy.
  • Supports muscle growth.
  • Boosts immunity.
  • Improves the strength of bones.
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
  • Supports healthy pregnancies and breastfeeding.
  • Helps the digestive system function.
  • Helps achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

A good diet is absolutely imperative for women. Therefore, it is important for them to know what a healthy diet consists of such as the following:

  • Vegetables specifically those that are dark green, red or orange in colour.
  • Whole fruits
  • Whole grains such as corn, millet, and brown rice
  • Limited full-fat dairy
  • Protein such as lean meats, eggs, nuts, seeds, and soy products
  • Oils such as olive, flaxseed, canola, and avocado

If a woman incorporates these foods into her diet, she will reap the benefits.

Why You Need Professional Guidance:

In order to become healthy, you can do everything on your own. But it is better to have a professional trainer guide you. They will teach you about fitness and nutrition.
A trainer can set up a proper exercise regimen and diet plan that will suit your needs. He or she will also hold you accountable to achieve your health goals.

At the Chennai Gynaecology Clinic, we have several personal trainers who can help you become fitter and healthier. They will understand your health concerns and issues, and will guide you to improve your health.

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