On Wednesday, September 30 2015, over 500 community groups from across the United States will be hosting health and fitness events just for women. National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, is a way to draw attention to the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.
I like to think that every day is women’s health & fitness day, however, as women (sorry if I just excluded the one guy who reads HFM), we tend to take care of those around us first. In the process, we end up forgetting about our own health. I’m constantly thinking about the airplane safety speech – In the event of an emergency, put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. If we forget to take care of our own health, it can lead to some serious stuff— heart attacks, stroke, and cardiovascular disease – the #1 killer of women.
If you can’t make it to an event in your area for National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, here are ways for you to celebrate on your own. Even better, why not try to celebrate your health & fitness every single day.
Go for a run – Of course I would pick this as my number one way to celebrate being physically active. Check out all the reasons why I love running.
Eat real food – Commit to not eating anything processed for the day (longer would be even better!)
Hydrate – Make a plan to drink at least 8 glasses or more of water throughout the day. Your whole body will thank you.
Get your OM on – Yoga is so much more than stretching – although it does a fab job of that. Reap the benefits of setting aside even 5-10 minutes of yoga stretches daily.
Get a massage – Your muscles work hard every day. Give yourself a treat of massage for relaxation, better circulation and help with preventing injuries.
Find a workout buddy – When you make a date with a friend to sweat it out you are more likely to stick with it all while having fun and staying social.
Try a new recipe – Having the same thing every single week can be quite boring. Make a commitment to trying a new recipe at least once a week. You can check out what’s for dinner at my house for new ideas at the bottom of this post!
Protect your bones – After age 35, bone breakdown overtakes bone buildup, which causes a gradual loss of bone mass. Bone health becomes a daily battle against a ticking clock as calcium absorption decreases to 15%-20% in adulthood, and continues to decrease as people age. Maintaining a calcium and vitamin D rich diet and increasing bone mass through weight bearing exercise are key to reducing the risk of bone fractures. Taking one Adora Calcium Supplement disk daily, delivers 500 mg of calcium and 500 IU vitmain D for enhanced calcium absorption.
It’s Sunday, so that means meal planning. Here is what I’ve got planned for dinner this week:
Sunday: Grilled Salmon + roasted squash + massaged kale
Monday: Pumpkin Pancakes – late night with kids’ soccer
Tuesday: Roasted Broccoli Peanut Noodles
Wednesday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili
Thursday: Grilled Chicken over 4 Ingredient Pesto Zoodles
Friday: Rise.Run. Retreat.
Saturday: Rise. Run. Retreat.
How are you going to celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day?
What are you having for dinner this week?