Look Better, Feel Better, Have More Energy
As you push to fulfill the demands of your hectic schedule, make sure that you carve out some time to take care of you and your health. It may seem like a daunting task to add healthy eating and regular physical activity to your list, but it does not need to be.
- Make working out fun. Don’t torture yourself with physical activities that you don’t enjoy. Dancing, swimming or bicycling are fun ways to get your exercise. Try exercising with friends so you can socialize and cheer each other on. Remember, you can look good as you get fit. Just ask your hair stylist for tips on how to maintain your hair as you exercise.
- Fit exercise into your daily routine. Try parking a little farther from your
destination or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. When you go shopping,
walk around the whole mall.
- Start each day with breakfast. For example, try eating fruit with low-fat yogurt or whole-grain toast spread with a small amount of jam or peanut butter.
- Prepare your favorite foods in healthier ways. For example, you can bake chicken instead of frying it. Add more fresh or dried herbs to foods. They add flavor, but not much fat. Avoid adding salt to your food.
- Learn to eat healthy on-the-go. Try to choose restaurants with healthy options. Avoid super size and “value” meals. Get a side salad instead of fries, and be sure to request fat-free or low-fat dressing. Split portions with friends.
- Make healthier choices at parties or social events. Snack on pretzels or cut-up vegetables, and skip the soda. If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to one drink.
For information about Sisters Together and more tips for busy black women, visit http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov read the publication, “Celebrate the Beauty of Youth” or call WIN at 1–877–946–4627.