For most of us, our days start out the same, says Marla Ahlgrimm. We wake up, have a cup of coffee, and get ready to start our day. This might include eating a quick breakfast on the way out the door and running to Starbucks for one last shot of motivation before work. But if this is your entire routine, you are doing yourself a disservice. Here, Ahlgrimm answers a few quick questions about healthy habits women should adopt every day.
Q: What is the first thing I should do when I wake up in the morning?
Marla Ahlgrimm: I like to begin my days with a long stretch. This gives me a chance to warm my body up for everything that lies ahead. Before ever getting out of bed, it’s a good idea to reach your arms above your head, and flex your feet and ankles. While you’re doing it, think about how you want the next 12 hours to go. If you start your day with a plan and a positive mindset, you’ll have a better experience than if you roll out of bed mumbling a miserable grumble.
Q: Is it true that I should drink water with every meal?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Absolutely. Most doctors will recommend about eight glasses of water every day, but that can sound overwhelming if you do it all at once. Drink a glass of water before or during each meal and with snacks. You should also start the morning out with water before coffee to help flush your system.
Q: If you had to choose a meal to skip, which one would it be?
Q: Do I have to exercise to be healthy?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Health is determined by many factors, but the amount of physical activity you get plays a pivotal role in your overall wellness. Even if you can’t plan time to go to the gym, do try and make a point to get your heart rate up at least once each day. A quick jog or, during the summer, a 30-minute swim will do your mind and body wonders.