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
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.