Open social media and you will see ad after ad about what to eat and the best way to get slim. Society has put too much emphasis on the weight of women. We need to shift our thinking! Women should focus on improved health, not the numbers on the scale, and healthy women come in all shapes and sizes. 

Believe me, there is no magic pill to achieve good health. The keys to long lasting good health are exercise, nutrition and positive mental focus. Yes, it takes hard work, but the results are worth it! 

Consider these three easy steps to start improving your health: 

  1. Get moving! Just five minutes of brisk walking can get you started. If you have a desk job, take time to stand. Take the steps, not the elevator. Physical inactivity is the greatest challenge to improving our health.  
  2. Eat real food, like fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Do not skip meals. Focus on your hydration. Women should drink approximately 2.5 liters of water a day. 
  3. Find healthy ways to deal with stress. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a great deal of anxiety and isolation. Disconnect from non-stop social media and overwhelming news. Read a book or sign up for daily positive affirmations. Connect with a group of women to meet with weekly for real social interaction. 

My advice to female athletes, and to all women, is to fill your tank! You cannot drive your car without gas, and you cannot manage a challenging workday and busy family life without the right food, daily exercise and positive reflection to sustain you. 

Why are they game-changers? 

There are plenty of products that claim to be a quick fix, but for long lasting health, you have to put in the work. Small things over time make the greatest impact. 

How will they change our lives? 

With some simple lifestyle changes, women will experience increased energy and improved sleep quality, which helps our mood and energy level through the day and improves resiliency. 

What should you know about accessing these health breakthroughs? 

You don’t have to enroll in a special program. You don’t have to spend your hard-earned money on a magic weight-loss cure of the month. You can improve your health and quality of life. Find a friend to join you on the journey. Good health is attainable for everyone! 

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Article by: Jennifer Daily, M.D.

Jennifer Daily, M.D., is a primary care/sports medicine provider at UofL Health where she provides services including family medicine, sports medicine and primary care. Her areas of interest include family medicine, preventative medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Daily received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and went on to earn her medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine – Reno. She completed both her residency in family medicine and fellowship in sports medicine at University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine. At the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Daily is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. Her philosophy as a provider is “Health care is a partnership between doctor and patient; together, we identify problems and develop treatment options that work for you and your life."

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