Five Ways to Celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day
As a fitness instructor, tennis player and former fitness competitor, I have been fortunate in my life to know the many blessings of physical fitness. In all honesty, it was much easier before I became a mom and had a full-time career. As many women can attest, life can be a juggling act, and sometimes we are the ones on the back burner.
While I don’t work out six days a week anymore, I still make it a priority to find time for a workout. As I have always said, I have never left the gym and said I wish I didn’t do that. This Wednesday, September 25, is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. It is recommended that we get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week, yet many people fall way short of that.
There are so many activities that can help keep us moving. The key is to find what you like and stick with it. If you are looking to get back in shape or fulfill new fitness goals, we have got five ways for you to do it in honor of National Women’s Health & Fitness Day this Wednesday.
According to the Health Information Resource Center, every year an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 women participate in many health and fitness events hosted by over 500 organizations for Women's Health Day. These include senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, and local park and recreation centers. If you cannot find an event, take a work out class, go for a walk, bike ride or just find some way to get some exercise.
Another way to commemorate this year’s National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is by scheduling an appointment with your doctor for a checkup. Ask your primary care provider about preventative screenings that are recommended for your age group, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes tests. Also, ask for your annual flu shot to avoid fall illnesses as we transition from summer to autumn.
Even though we may have busy schedules, we can still put aside 10-20 minutes of our time for exercise. We can do vigorous activities such as running or biking, which will improve our cardiovascular health and help us get the recommended amount of exercise at 150 minutes a week. Or, we can do simple routines such as walking during our lunch break, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or doing indoor exercises. Every little bit adds up.
Rather than working out alone, invite a friend to make exercising more fun and for additional motivation. This can lead to more weight loss and other fitness improvements. So, try different activities such as yoga, Pilates, or going on regular walks.
Besides exercise, nutrition is also important. Incorporate a healthy diet such as fruits and vegetables to increase your calcium, vitamins, and other nutrients. Rather than eating junk food or processed food, try making a nourishing meal or a wholesome snack to keep you satisfied.
Also, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking enough water. But if you are not a fan of consuming eight glasses of water a day, then try other alternatives such as fruit or citrus-infused water or low-sodium broths.