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Biologically speaking, men and women have health needs that are programmed differently from conception. These differences often affect disease prevention rates, medical diagnoses, and treatments accordingly. However, women’s health has traditionally been considered a subset of healthcare, instead of being expanded upon. While COVID-19 has had a major impact on the mental and physical health of everyone regardless of gender, the new realities of Work From Home (WFH), higher rates of unemployment, home-schooling of children, and a distinct lack of in-person contact with other family members, friends, and colleagues has affected women disproportionately, as they are often caretakers as well.
As reported by Hindustan Times, women account for about 80% of purchasing decisions in the healthcare industry. Hence, it is crucial to raise awareness and create programmes that lead to better health outcomes for women.
Vijay Thakkar, Fitness Entrepreneur & Functional Medicine Coach, emphasized the fact that being a "healthy woman" doesn’t always mean that one must "weigh under 50 kgs" or "have a waist circumference under 30 inches". Now is the time for everyone to understand that good health and fitness are multi-dimensional aspects of life, where certain baselines differ for all persons.
Here are some of Mr Thakkar's tips for women to maintain their fitness levels:
Dr Babina NM, Jindal Naturecure Institute's Chief Medical Officer, is of the opinion that, while alternative therapy options can help treat diseases or reduce the impacts of diseases through different practices, diet remains an important building block for all other methods to maintain good health. She said, “Yoga is an activity that incorporates physical movement as well as greater self-awareness and mindfulness, which promotes healthy eating.”
She also mentioned, “Many people who practise Yoga on a daily basis are of the belief that Yoga increases their motivation to pick healthy foods, helps them to be more mindful while eating on the quality and quantity and reduces food cravings. Along with choosing the right food, we must also learn to develop good eating habits.”
While there are no rigid guidelines for one's diet, Dr Babina shared some healthy eating tips for women:
As more and more women enter highly demanding jobs and make a name for themselves, it is easy to forget self-care. A big part of maintaining good employee health and well-being is to keep track of one's nutrition and exercise habits. This post is a good starting point in recognizing the importance of a healthy diet and making sustainable changes to live a healthy, productive and successful life!
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