May 17, 2018
In the United States, one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime, and research shows that up to half of these cases are preventable. Busy schedules can make prioritizing your health a real challenge, but the health choices you make daily can help reduce your risk for several types of cancer. Here are some tips for staying on top of your health routine, even with a packed schedule.
Schedule time for exercise: When you’re setting your weekly plan, schedule your workouts like a meeting or doctor’s appointment. If it’s on your daily to-do list, you’re more likely to get it done.
Don’t skip breakfast: Mornings can be chaotic in busy households, but breakfast really is important! Make a big batch of smoothies, egg and veggie cups or overnight oats on Sunday to make breakfast a breeze all week long.
Get creative at work: If you work at a sedentary job, take regular walk breaks and use the stairs whenever possible. You can also schedule walking meetings with your co-workers. The change of scenery and movement will help you feel more energized and creative.
Pack healthy snacks: To curb cravings and avoid processed snacks from the vending machine, pack ready-to-go snacks to keep you energized. Veggies with dip, slices of fruit with nut butter, nuts, trail mix and low-fat cheese and crackers are great healthy options.
Bring your friends or family: When catching up with friends, invite them to go hiking or kayaking, try a new workout or take a healthy cooking class. Your body will thank you for a few hours of activity and fun instead of filling up on fried snacks and alcohol at happy hour. Same goes for family time; plan a fun and active outing to encourage your loved ones to be healthy, too.
As women, we have a lot on our plates, but it’s so important to take care of ourselves, too. Take this week to start setting good healthy habits that can help you Stop Cancer Before It Starts!® To learn more about how lifestyle choices can impact your cancer risk, visit preventcancer.org. Happy Women’s Health Week!