CEO of HealthyWomen.org and registered nurse Beth Battaglino has devoted her life to women’s health and wellness. As a medical professional of more than 20 years, a mom, and head of her nonprofit, she’s personally familiar with the balancing act of doing it all.
And in order to do it all, Battaglino has both an “on-the-road” routine and an “at-home” routine. The one constant in both is her daily 5:30 a.m. run.
Throw in Pilates two to three times a week, her trusted health essentials, and a full night’s rest every night, and Battaglino has everything she needs to be the best she can be. Here are her top picks for women’s health finds that keep her going.
1. Saucony Guide 10 Running Shoes
Every avid runner needs a great pair of running shoes. This pair by Saucony are water-resistant and designed to perform on road or track, so you’re prepared for a great run in any condition.
2. Perfect Day 2-in-1 Sunscreen by Supergoop!
And speaking of any condition, you want to make sure you’re protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays if you enjoy outdoor exercise. Really, though, sunscreen every day is a must. You’d be surprised at how much sun we’re exposed to just going about our days! Try this oil-free version by Supergoop! that moisturizes (without making your skin greasy) and protects with SPF 50.
3. Athleta Activewear
Every active gal needs a set of great active clothes that let her move easily and look great, too. Athleta comes to mind for all of these. Plus: I love their salespeople, who span in age from their 20s to 60+. They’re knowledgeable, helpful, and actually work out. The quality of their clothing is wonderful, and they have a fabulous return policy just in case something doesn’t suit your needs.
When that time of month rolls around, it shouldn’t stop you from moving. But tampons and pads can be uncomfortable and unreliable, not to mention expensive. Try the DivaCup menstrual cup that lasts up to 12 hours without leaks, so you can get moving!
5. Thinx Period Panties
And while we’re on the topic, Thinx period panties are another eco-friendly, surprisingly comfortable and sanitary way for women to approach their cycles in a new way. The panties come in black or nude and in all different styles (and active wear), so there really is no stopping you from doing you, period or not! Plus, every purchase you make directly impacts the Thinx Foundation, which works to empower girls around the world through financial literacy, sexual and reproductive health, and more.
6. kGoal Kegel Exerciser
As we get older, bladder incontinence and overactive bladder can occur for many women. The kGoal by Minna Life is a training system that helps you track your pelvic muscle exercises discretely and efficiently. Using the device plus the free app, you can get guidance and personalized workouts as you track your workouts. If bladder incontinence is disrupting your life, take control back with the help of this tool.
7. Hum Daily Cleanse
Daily wellness is a must for busy women! And that means paying attention to what’s happening inside your body. These vegan capsules by Hum are excellent to help you clear your body of toxins so you can feel good from the inside out.
8. Soapwalla Kitchen Deodorant
It’s common for many of us to reach for an antiperspirant roll-on before we start our days. But the truth is our bodies need to sweat, so deodorant is a much healthier option. To keep you smelling great, Soapwalla’s deodorant cream is a fantastic alternative. It’s organic, free of harsh chemicals, and vegan.
Beth Battaglino, RN brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and, as a practicing registered nurse, medical knowledge to her role as CEO of HealthyWomen. This nonprofit organization provides women with in-depth, objective, medically-approved information on a broad range of women's health issues. Beth has worked in the health care industry for more than 20 years, helping to define and drive public education programs on a broad range of women’s health issues. Follow her @HealthyWomen on Twitter.