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Ruth Parker and Carmen Patrick Mohan are primary care physicians and authors of the new book, The Women’s Guide to Health. This book is an action guide for both women and men to cultivate habits that support well-being.
Ruth and Carmen explain that the book contains various health and fitness “prescriptions” for people who are at different phases in their lives. Each level is intended to consist of a gentle progression through a span of 30 weeks. The three levels include:
1. Get Started – Start where you are. The intent in this level is to reach the 150 minutes per week recommended by the CDC.
2. Keep Going – This level incorporates the running and walking as described by Jeff Galloway’s program.
3. Burn Fat – This level is for the person who feels that they’d like to lose weight and improve body composition.
Ruth and Carmen also discuss the importance of sleep. Research shows one should strive to achieve seven hours of quality sleep per night. If one can’t achieve this, don’t stress over it. View sleep and rest as restoration and don’t claim an insomnia mindset.
In order to maximize using one’s lifestyle to prevent and treat disease, Ruth and Carmen recommend optimizing choices and being consistent with daily activity. Keeping a health journal can help track patterns and encourage accountability.
To connect with Ruth Parker or Carmen Patrick Mohan or to learn more about The Women’s Guide to Health, visit herprescriptions.com or visit their Facebook page. You should also check out the episode I did with Jeff Galloway.
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