Senoir women hugging each other after exercising.

Maybe you’re starting out in your 20s, making a family in your 30s, raising teenagers in your 40s, preparing for that empty nest in your 50s, or getting ready for retirement in your 60s. Whatever your age, one thing is true; we’re all getting older every day and there are things that can help all women as we continue on life’s journey. Here are a few tips for healthy living at every age.

Eating naturally and avoiding processed foods can give you more nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Eat iron-rich foods like spinach, dried fruit and meats to get more oxygen to your cells. Add more high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health, and keep your bones strong by eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D.

Try to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Take a brisk daily walk that’s good for both your heart and lungs, or try yoga or tai chi that count as exercise and will improve your agility and balance to prevent falls.

Talk to your doctor if you don’t sleep soundly through the night. Speaking of shuteye, a daily nap can be a refreshing break for anyone. Limit it to no more than 20 minutes and not within three hours of bedtime so it doesn’t interfere with your normal sleep schedule.

Keeping your mind healthy is important, too. Depression can be treated, so see your primary care provider if you’ve been down for a while. You can also benefit from more face-to-face social connections. There are many ways to stay connected with other people, like volunteering, taking a class, playing sports, or joining a club. See your old friends and make new ones.

Schedule an annual wellness visit with your primary care provider to track your health and see about screenings you might need. And don’t forget that annual exam with your OB/GYN. It’s something that all women need, whether you’re an active young adult, preparing for pregnancy or raising kids, or enjoying life after menopause.

If you live in the Southgate or Downriver areas of southeast Michigan and are looking for an OB/GYN, Northline Women’s Health Center has offices in Southgate and Brownstown, and you can request an appointment online.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax