Habits for Women to Ditch and Keep in 2020 [Infographic]

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January 2020

Embrace these healthy habits to help you thrive in the New Year.

A brand-new year offers the perfect opportunity to recommit to your health and wellness. Set yourself up for success by vowing to keep (or ditch) these habits! 

One of the healthy habits for women in 2020 is to eat fruits and veggies daily.

Keep: Daily fruits and veggies

Fruits and vegetables contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients with health-boosting powers, plus important dietary fiber. Aim to feature a variety of them in your diet each day. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help protect against heart disease and cancer.

Ditch: Sugary foods

Added sugar is present in many modern processed foods, and most Americans are consuming too much. Swearing off added sugar in 2020 – or limiting as much as possible – can help shield you against adverse effects like heart disease, cancer, weight gain, diabetes, depression, and even premature aging.

Keep: Meditation and yoga

These habits are good for your physical and mental health, allowing you to relax and lower stress levels. See eight meditation steps from our on-staff Certified Nurse-Midwife, Cindy Stippich to get started. Modified yoga is also a great, safe exercise option during pregnancy.

Ditch: Excessive controllable stress

Chronic stress can cause harm to your mind and body, so if you’re regularly feeling stressed, dedicate time to figuring out the source. It could be a lack of sleep, a job you don’t enjoy, an unaddressed health problem, or simply too many responsibilities that you’re juggling at once. When you’ve narrowed it down, brainstorm solutions within your control to eliminate or reduce the source of unnecessary stress. 

Keep: Regular women’s health screenings

Staying on top of your women’s health appointments is one way you can reduce stress and quickly nip any health issues in the bud. Here are six reasons not to skip preventative screenings this year.

Ditch: Smoking and alcohol during pregnancy

Healthy lifestyles are extra important during pregnancy since anything you ingest affects your baby as well. If you smoke, pregnancy is a perfect reason to kick the habit for good. It’s also essential to cut out drinking entirely, even the occasional glass of wine (which is fine for your health outside of pregnancy). 

Keep: A nourishing breakfast

Breakfast is often called the “most important meal of the day,” and there are a few reasons for this. It gives your brain and body energy for a productive morning and keeps your natural metabolic rhythms on track. If you’re skipping breakfast to save calories, it may work against you, since you’re more likely to crave unhealthy snacks mid-morning instead. High-fiber foods will keep you satisfied the longest. Try fruit, oatmeal, or a smoothie with protein.

Ditch: Late-night snacking

There’s another reason to wait until morning to eat: late-night snacking can disrupt your sleep. Try to stop eating two to three hours before bedtime to give your body time to digest. Eating late at night can also increase the desire to eat larger portions and reduce the motivation to make healthy food choices.

Keep: Your favorite exercise routines

Our bodies love exercise. And it’s not just our muscles and hearts that benefit from weight and cardio sessions; it has benefits for everything from your brain and mood to your skin and bones. Choose your favorite workout or find ways to incorporate it naturally into your day.

Ditch: Too much sitting

Many of us have sedentary jobs, but there are ways to mitigate the poor effects of sitting all day. Use our work posture tips like mixing sitting and standing at your desk, strengthening the muscles that help posture, and using a lumbar cushion. It also helps to get up and walk around once every half hour.

Kick off your new healthy habits by scheduling an appointment with our doctors, midwives, and women’s health team. Call 920.885.6090 today!

 

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