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Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers world-class healthcare to residents throughout the greater San Jose community.
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Health and Fitness Tips Just for Women

A healthy lifestyle is important for women at every stage of life. Unfortunately, many women deprioritize their health because they are so busy taking care of their loved ones. But when women invest in their wellness by eating right and exercising, they set a good example for their family members. For exceptional women’s healthcare, families throughout the San Jose area can rely on Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Eating for an Active Lifestyle

A registered dietitian can provide patient-specific guidance for women, such as the recommended total calories and nutrient intake. In general, however, women leading an active lifestyle can benefit from choosing whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates to stabilize their energy levels. Protein is also important to support the immune system and rebuild muscles. Vegetables and fruits provide a low-calorie way to increase one’s intake of critical nutrients like fiber and antioxidants. With a busy lifestyle, many women find it difficult to prepare homemade meals every day. It can be helpful to cook large batches of meals on the weekends and freeze individual portions for use during the week.

Developing a Workout Plan

Most women are advised to strive for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity on at least five days of the week. In addition, two or more strength training sessions per week are recommended. Women who have trouble prioritizing their workouts may find it helpful to arrange workout dates with a friend to include a social element during exercise. Or, you might consider making appointments with a personal trainer or joining a workout class. Very busy women might wish to break up their total amount of exercise into more manageable 10-minute sessions. For instance, you could ride a stationary bike before work, climb stairs during part of your lunch break, and go rollerblading with the kids after dinner.

Identifying Special Concerns

For most women, exercising during pregnancy is both safe and healthy. However, you may need to make certain modifications. Consider talking to your obstetrician for further guidance. Women with disabilities can also benefit from exercise. A physical therapist can show you how to perform exercises despite physical limitations.

The Women & Children’s Services department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers specialized care for women through all stages of life. Our community hospital in San Jose brings together leading providers in heart care, breast care, robotic surgery, maternity services, and many more. To request a referral to a provider at our hospital, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.