October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, at OC Fitness Mama, we like to educate and inspire our clients to take better care of themselves. We as women are always doing everything for others, including our families, loved ones, aging parents and even pets. Over the years we tend to take care of ourselves less and less. When suddenly one day we realize that we can’t do it anymore. Maybe your clothes are getting too tight, you don’t have the energy to do much more than what we have to, or you simply don’t feel well. Perhaps you have just had your yearly physical and blood work done. Then the doctor gives you a call and says he or she needs to see you in their office to go over your results. Once you get there, the doctor explains to you that your cholesterol is climbing, your blood pressure is too high and your glucose numbers are high. Because of these results, the doctor wants to put you on medication. Suddenly you find yourself feeling like the world just stopped and you are sinking. This is a feeling of being overwhelmed and feeling hopeless. But you don’t have to feel like that very long because there is a way back. We have helped many of our clients find their way back to their own selves. It is all about a plan to put yourself first and to start taking better care of your health through exercise and healthy nutrition.Taking better care of yourself is key to helping prevent you from getting different kinds of diseases ranging from all cancers, to high blood blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and many more.
According to an article from the L.A. Times on May 20, 2016, they are saying that nearly 1/2 of all cancers in the U.S. could be prevented or delayed if Americans did 4 things: quit smoking, decreased their drinking, maintained a healthful weight and got at least 150 minutes of exercise each week, according to a new report. They also reported that this would reduce the number of new cancer diagnoses by 40% to 70%.
This new information was based on cancer rates and health behaviors in two large and long-running studies of health professionals. These two studies included a nurse’s health study and the health professional’s follow-up study. Another study from the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health in Boston was able to take some information and data from the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. The effect of a healthful lifestyle varied according to the gender and cancer type. If all of the women in this nation were to embrace this lifestyle, their yearly cancer rates would decrease by 59% and all new cancers would drop 41%. For example women who followed the advice given above for smoking, drinking, weight and exercise could possibly reduce their risk of lung cancer by 85% and their risk of colon cancer risk by 60%.The study also calculated, if the women took care of themselves, they could reduce pancreatic cancer by 53% endometrial cancer by 37%, ovarian cancer by 34% and breast cancer by 15%.
It is our hope at OC Fitness Mama that you stop procrastinating and get on a exercise program and a healthy eating program as soon as possible. You can make a difference with your health when you put yourself first and take better care of you!!! After all, you are an example to your family and you want to lead your family toward a healthier lifestyle. Cooking at home, exercising, decreasing stress and limiting the 4 things that this article suggested puts you in a much better spot for longevity and good health. Avoid waiting for tomorrow, start with today and make better choices in all you do. You’re worth it. Your life and your future depend on it.
Be sure to get your annual check-up and your mammogram. If you are over 50, be sure to get your colonoscopy. Staying on top of your medical appointments is just as important. If fact, it could save your life. Prevention is key, information is powerful and neglect is not a good choice. Self care is up to you. We know that you’ll take good care of yourself and do just that.
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