As a woman, you may find that your day-to-day looks similar to other women in your life.
These similarities may include things like dropping off or picking up your children from school, working eight-hour days, running errands and cooking dinner.
Whatever your daily checklist may require, as women we are constantly on the go and often making commitments on top of prior plans.
With everything going on, it’s hard to prioritize the important things. The fast pace of your everyday life can cause you to forget about your health!
The older you get, the more proactive you need to be when it comes to your health. Ladies, 40 is not old, it’s the new 30!
In fact, you have a new stage of life ahead of you and prioritizing your health is an important part! The more you prepare now, the happier you’ll be as you age.
Here is a health checklist so you can start taking control of your health:
You should start by checking your blood pressure every other year. If you have a higher risk of heart disease, then you should be checking your blood pressure more often. Consult with your doctor if you’re unsure! Your blood pressure is a great indicator of the overall health of your heart. If your pressure is high, 130/80 or higher, then you may be at risk for a heart attack. Making these changes now will help prevent health problems later in your life.
Update Your Birth Control Methods
Many women stay on the same type of birth control for most of their lives. The majority of women take combined oral contraceptives like “the pill.”
The pill contains 2 hormones, norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol, that prevent pregnancy.
One of the side effects of combined contraceptives is high blood pressure, so if that is a concern then it may be time to think about changing your birth control method.
There are various options out there depending on your needs.
You can even get your birth control delivered right to your door which will definitely help with the stress of forgetting to pick it up at the pharmacy.
Staying physically fit will help your body age gracefully later on. You can even start small!
Taking daily walks outside can help you stay healthy and get some vitamin D. This will boost your energy and help you sleep better at night.
Using your muscles will help you stay mobile and prevent diseases as you age. Even minimal strength training can help preserve your weight and muscle mass!
Keep up With Your Doctor
Having a good relationship with your doctor and keeping up with your annual visits are an important part of maintaining your health! If you have anxiety or always forget your questions, then write everything down before going to the doctor’s office.
This will allow you to be open and honest with your physician without feeling overwhelmed.
When you turn 40, there are certain medical tests you should ask for to monitor your health. Breast exams and mammograms should be done annually.
It’s also a great idea to do a self-breast exam so you’re aware of any lumps.
Your doctor will also recommend that you continue getting a pap smear even if you’re not as sexually active.
Your physician should do a pap smear every 3 years to check for cervical cancer.
If there’s anything else you’re concerned about, you can make a plan by talking with your doctor.
Using this checklist, you will continue to be fabulous and fit.