Today is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, a nation-wide effort to focus attention on the importance of regular exercise and healthy living for women. There will be local events all over the country, from talks on healthy aging to free Kettlebell demos and yoga and Zumba classes.
There’s no denying the importance of our health, yet we’ve all been guilty of putting it on the back burner from time to time. Whether it be for our families, a job, or an over-indulgent weekend with friends, it’s easy to forget the importance of our health, physical fitness and mental well-being as we manage the stress and celebrate the joys of every day life.
In case you’ve found yourself in one of those slumps, today offers another great reason to help get you back on track. National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is a day dedicated to women of all ages focusing attention on the importance of regular exercise and healthy living. In honor of a healthier you, check out these sixteen ideas to help you celebrate your body, mind, and well-being––and get the journey to a stronger you started!
- Find a Local Event. Over 500 community groups across the nation will be hosting health and fitness related events throughout the day, and up to 75,000 women of all ages are expected to get involved. From exercise demonstrations to health information workshops, there will be something for everyone––so grab a friend and join an activity! Get in touch with your local health and fitness organizations, such as senior centers, universities, or park and recreations departments to find out what’s happening in your area.
- Get your thyroid checked. A sluggish or hyperactive thyroid can wreak havoc on your concentration, mood, and weight—-and can go undetected for years.
- Eat some superfoods! You may not be Superwoman or WonderWoman (well, not every day), but you can eat superfoods. We’re talking broccoli, apples, turnips, zucchini — and lots of other good stuff you can find at your local farmer’s market. Try superfoods that may help you lose weight, fight colds, boost your heart health, support your immune system and may even help you live longer.
- Take a nap. You know it’s good for you, so here’s how to power-nap like a pro. New research is shedding light on the health benefits of sleep, which is good for your heart, mind, weight, and more.
- Ask a friend to work out. Not only will exercising be more fun, but research has shown that working out with a pal can help you stay motivated and lose more weight than those who go solo.
- Give yourself a healthy beauty treatment. Try DIY food facials or find out how to check yourself for skin cancer.
- Eat for your bones. A healthy diet can go a long way towards helping you get enough calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones healthy and strong.
- Stay hydrated. Not a fan of the 8-glasses-of-water-a-day rule? Try juicy, water-filled foods.
- Toast up some squash seeds! Chock full of nutrients and crunch, these little seeds will become a healthy addiction. Plus, they are rich in iron, fiber and zinc. Markets are filled with them and zucchini this time of the year.
- Rub out stress with a massage. While a little bit of stress is fine for the body, prolonged stress can take a toll on your body, including weight gain, hair loss, and blood sugar swings.
- Give your back a break. Try lightening up your bag or making other changes to help your back. And don’t forget to add back-strengthening moves to your workout to stop problems before they get started.
- Eat some chocolate. Not only does chocolate (the dark kind) have all sorts of health benefits, letting yourself savor the foods that give you pleasure is one of the healthiest things a woman can do, says Sue Ann Gleason of Consciousbitesnutrition.com.
- Try Something New. Have you always wanted to incorporate strength training into your exercise routine but didn’t know where to start? Have you ever wanted to try SoulCycle but were too nervous to sign up for a class? Changing up your work outs can actually be good for your health and fitness, so seize the day and give something new a go.
- Schedule a Checkup. The HHS Office on Women’s Health recommends booking an appointment with a doctor or nurse for a well-woman checkup and any preventative screenings that might be eligible for your age group. Staying on top of any required tests and health concerns now can save you a lot of stress, time and money in the future.
- Pay Attention to your Mental Health. Stop and listen to what you, your mind and your body need today. Try some relaxing yoga or a 5 minute meditation to help you be present, relieve stress and refresh yourself.
- Shake Things Up at Work. Even if you can’t escape a busy work schedule to get to a gym, there are many ways you can celebrate your health on the job. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, choose a parking spot further away from the door, or get a co-worker out on a walk during your lunch hour. This could even be your chance to start up a weekly healthy recipe club in your team.
However you choose to celebrate, let National Women’s Health and Fitness Day be a reminder that a healthier, happier you is right around the corner––and if you’re already celebrating your health and wellness on a daily basis, give yourself a pat on the back and encourage others to join in on your path to wellness.
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