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Women's Health

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Women's Health

Women are at constant risk of developing chronic diseases, which can be related to their modifiable lifestyle behaviours. Most women in the working class group juggle to maintain work-life balance. Stress, lack of physical activity, sleep deprivation and unhealthy eating habits can lead to diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, obesity, depression and even some types of cancer.

The common lifestyle diseases, which can affect women, are:

PCOS - most commonly noticed in young reproductive aged women. It’s a hormonal disorder leading to menstrual irregularities, obesity, and infertility.Obesity – 80% of urban Indian working women in the age of 25-45 years are overweight due to stress, sedentary lifestyle or because of unhealthy eating habits.

Metabolic Syndrome can be linked to obesity, CVS diseases, high cholesterol levels and fasting glucose levels in the blood. This can be due to stress, poor eating patterns or lack of physical activity.

Depression/Anxiety disorder - Main reason for this is long working hours and strict deadlines.

Chronic Backache - Commonly seen in women at work which is exacerbated by long hours of static posture at work, inappropriate /no back support, excessive and sudden weight gain by the sedentary lifestyle.

Lack of exposure to sunlight can lead to Vitamin D Deficiency- this can further mount to fatigue, bone pain and other risk factors.

Correct body posture at work/home - Proper sitting posture will prevent from chronic backache either at work or home. Intake of Calcium is good for the bones in women above the age of 40-years.

Prominent factors contributing to lifestyle diseases:Physical inactivity, bad food habits, inappropriate body posture and a disturbed biological clock.

Osteoporosis

Hunched backs, back pain, and frailty used to be things older women had to accept before doctors knew anything more about osteoporosis. Now, there are steps women and girls can take to avoid such problems.

"Osteoporosis is largely preventable," says Mark. "The behaviours that women develop in their childhood, in their adolescence, and in their early adult years really play a significant role in the development of the disease."

That's because bodies build up most of bone mass until age 30. Then new bone stops forming and the focus is on maintenance of old bone.

Your body will do what it can to repair bone damage, but you have to provide the tools for it, such as adequate calcium consumption and weight-bearing physical activity," says Mark.

Risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • Menopause
  • Increasing age
  • Small, thin-boned frame
  • Ethnicity. White and Asian women have the greatest risk.
  • Family history
  • Sex hormones. Infrequent menstrual cycles and estrogen loss due to menopause may increase risk.
  • Anorexia
  • Diet low in calcium and vitamin D
  • Medication use, particularly glucocorticoids or some anticonvulsants
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol

How it Benefits

WHY CHOSE WELLNESS PRO:

  • Expertise provided by Pregnancy Fitness Educator
  • Antenatal-Postnatal Exercise Specialists
  • Pilates Instructors
  • Wellness Pro focuses on all aspects including lifestyle challenges like Postural issues,upperback and lower back pains
  • Muscle conditioning
  • Pelvic Floor Stability & Training- One on one sessions and many more

ANTENATAL/POSTNATAL FITNESS :

Many complications occur due to common mistakes working women make during pregnancy, especially not looking after their health, both physical and mental. Many a times due to work-related stress and the busy working hours women are not able to focus on their health. There are many ways to prevent such occurrences, such as exercising.

Exercising before delivery helps prevent low-back pain. It also helps expectant mothers to be physically and psychologically prepared for delivery by the medium of joint stretching and muscle strengthening. Exercising during pregnancy also helps in a stress-free pregnancy and labour. Further, mothers also benefit from it post-delivery, as it helps them recover in a better manner and faster.

The benefits of postnatal exercise

  • Help restore muscle strength and firm up your body
  • Make you less tired because it raises your energy level and improves your sense of wellbeing
  • Promote weight loss
  • Improve your cardiovascular fitness and restore muscle strength
  • Condition your abdominal muscles
  • Improve your mood, relieve stress and help prevent postpartum depression.

Pelvic floor
Pelvic floor

The pelvic floor may be adversely affected by pregnancy and childbirth. Most women are taught pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy and these are important to learn correctly andcan be resumed immediately after giving birth.

General exercise safety suggestions

Be guided by your doctor or midwife, but general suggestions include:

  • Wear an appropriate bra that offers good support. Don’t rely on your pre-pregnancy sports bra because your back and cup size are likely to have changed. Get measured for a new one.
  • Your exercises should not hurt. If you experience pain or any other unexplained symptoms stop the exercise and consult your doctor if necessary.

Pilates
Pilates

Pilates is a complete exercise method that aims at improving physical and mental health. Pilates focuses on building your body's core strength and improving your posture through a series of low repetition low impact stretching and conditioning exercises. By core strength, we mean your back, abdominal and pelvic muscles. Through Pilates, you will be able to develop strength in these muscles, increasing your ?exibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach and thigh muscles.

Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles,however it not only provides a complete body workout but also helps you develop an awareness of how your body works, helping your mind and body to work in harmony. The best way to get started with Pilates is to join a class and learn the basics from a quali?ed Pilates Instructor.