There's no denying the importance of our health, but we've all been guilty of putting it on the back burner. 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 joys of every day life.
In case you've found yourself in one of those slumps, we've got a great reason to help get you back on track: September 28 is National Women's Health and Fitness Day, a day dedicated to women of all ages that aims to focus attention on the importance of regular exercise and healthy living. So in honor of a healthier you, check out these seven ideas to help you celebrate your body, mind, and well-being––and get the journey to a stronger you started!
1. 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.
2. 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 you 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.
3. 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.
4. Eat and Drink for Health
Superfoods have been proven to fight diseases, boost energy and even help you live longer, so why not celebrate the day by starting the 31 Days of Superfoods challenge? It includes 20 recipes and a grocery list––so all the hard work is already done, you just need to grab the ingredients. Hydration is also a key component of a healthy diet. If eight glasses of water a day seems like a lot, try out these ideas to jazz it up a little without having to resort to sugary drinks that lack in nutritional value.
5. Phone a Friend
Working out with a buddy has been proven to improve mental well-being, make exercise more fun and even increase weight loss results, according to a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. So call a friend and get each other motivated! Even just going for regular walks together can drastically improve your health and fitness.
6. Pay Attention to your Mental Health
7. 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.