It’s here… 2014! A new year, a new frontier to blaze a path to a better life and a better you! Many women start the new year with resolutions to exercise more, lose weight, start a family, and many more. However, we say your main resolution should be to STAY HEALTHY! That starts with YOU! Before you embark on any lifestyle changes – whether that be exercising more, quitting smoking, losing weight, or starting a family – you should make sure your foundation, your body, is up to the task. Knowing that will help you start on and maintain your New Year’s resolutions.
Have you had your yearly exam? While it’s easy to overlook in today’s crazy busy world, don’t! Nothing will motivate you more than knowing your body is up to the task. There is more to your annual exam than just a PAP smear, too. It is also important to have a yearly pelvic exam which can detect fibroids, cysts, tumors, and other issues above and beyond your PAP smear. Aches and pains may be warning signs of underlying problems, so be sure to come in for your annual exam… well… annually, of course!
Are you planning on having a baby this year? Now would be a good time to get in shape, before you start your pregnancy. Exercise does wonders during pregnancy and getting into the habit before you get pregnant will help inspire you to stay healthy through your pregnancy. Exercise can help revitalize you and give you more energy which you’ll need during pregnancy.
Speaking of exercise during pregnancy, you may wonder if it’s safe and what exercises can you perform? Well, first and foremost, consult with your doctor BEFORE you start any exercise program during your pregnancy, whether that be your family practice physician or Dr. Tam. They can give you their expert medical opinion on how you should get into an exercise program and what program(s) may work best for your particular condition.
For instance, being 8 months into your pregnancy may be a bad time to start high impact aerobics or training for a triathlon, but starting yoga or swimming might be just fine. Dr. Tam, being an athlete herself (having run 27+ marathons during her lifetime) has great advice on an appropriate exercise program for you. For you pregnant runners out there, don’t worry. Dr. Tam has plenty of experience helping you stay “on track” during your pregnancy.
Starting an exercise or weight loss program? You should also consult with your doctor before engaging in any weight loss / weight management program, or exercise program, even if you’re not planning on getting pregnant in the near future. Your overall health should be taken into account and evaluated by your physician before subjecting yourself to any form of dieting and exercise. This will help prevent injury or the occurrence of other medical problems that may deter you from reaching your goals. Be careful with fad diets and weight loss supplements, too. Most of those don’t work or can put a strain on your body and metabolism. Don’t rely on informercial claims and promises. It’s your body and your life. Make the smart choice and talk to your doctor FIRST!
With the new year ahead of you, it’s time to make smart choices about you, your body, and your lifestyle.
Stay healthy and, above all, best wishes for an outstanding 2014!