5 Things Every Woman Should Do For Her Body

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Empowerment begins with taking responsibility for yourself. Reema​ points out some common misconceptions around women and fitness regimes. If you’re a woman, take charge of your body. It has been your prison for so long. It’s high time you make it your personal vehicle into a better life.

1. Get yourself a gynaecologist you trust. You probably already have a trusted hair-stylist. This is just as important, if not more. Visit them for routine check-ups (and not just pregnancy scares or UTIs). Ask them how you can care for your body better. There is a reason there’s an entire branch of medicine devoted entirely to women’s bodies. Use it.

2. Monitor your menstrual cycle. This doesn’t just mean knowing when your next period should happen but also tracking how your moods, your energy levels, your blood pressure and your blood sugar fluctuate during the month and during the period. PMS is a real thing but if you know your body’s downtimes and special-requirement phases, you’ll be able to plan and work accordingly.

3. For the love of whatever God you believe in, if you are sexually active, use protection. The consequences of unprotected sex and all the so-called solutions are too horrific for you to put your body through. Emergency contraceptives are harmful if used often. Sex without condoms can spread STDs (not to mention pregnancy). You’d treat your car nicely, even if it was second-hand. Why settle for less with your own body?

4. Eat right. Nutritionists, doctors and the Internet exist for good reason. I won’t preach about smoking, drinking or drugs, if you enjoy those. But remember your own body is a factory that produces potent, mood-altering chemicals. Be prudent about mixing intoxicants (see point 2.)

5. Find a fitness regime that matches your body type, your schedule and lifestyle. I’ve tried yoga, aerobics, swimming and the gym and I find my body’s needs have changed and evolved over the years. Exercise in some form has always helped, not just to keep me slim and flexible but also sane and grounded (endorphins, watay drug!). A body that is kept physically active enough to balance out its 18-hour mental activity, is better looking and more productive.

Remember that women’s bodies go through many more changes and far more dramatically through the course of our lives than men’s bodies. We also live lives of greater pressures and scrutiny than our male counterparts. Keep yourself prepared to meet the challenges of being a woman, by having a healthy female body.

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Posted on June 29, 2015, in Being Woman, Health and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A very well written post. In today’s world. eating right, wearing a condom and be fit are important to lead a healthy life style:)

  2. This does cover a lot of mental and physical aspects of health, but I gotta add one more.
    Put yourself first as much as you can. Of course, you should care about your oldest and best friends and your family, but as women we’re programmed to compromise much more than men- that’s my opinion and feel free to correct me, but that’s a hundred percent true.
    Put yourself first.
    It’ll let you get some alone time, time to figure out what you want and what you need from life, and get some peace and quiet.
    It feels good to take a deep breath and think about the fact that your life is yours and can’t be controlled by anyone else unless you let them.
    So don’t let them.

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