Celebrate Women’s Health & Fitness Day with These 7 Easy Tips
Sep. 30, 2015
For many women, looking after others is a way of life. Whether it’s tending to children, caregiving for aging parents, maintaining a household or enduring a grueling work schedule — women tend to have a lot on their plates. Often, busy schedules result in a lack of self-care, which can compromise women’s health.
With today being National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, it’s a great time for women to take a look at their routines and plug the holes that can compromise health.
WHAT IS WOMEN’S HEALTH & FITNESS DAY?
Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the country’s largest event promoting women’s health. The day falls each year on the last Wednesday of September and promotes health awareness and physical activity for women.
Consider incorporating the following tips into your routine to give your own health and fitness a boost.
1. Fuel your body properly
To lose weight, women often focus on eating less. For better overall health and fitness, focus instead on losing fat and building muscle. To accomplish this goal, avoid junk food and fuel your body with plenty of healthy choices like high-quality protein, fruits and vegetables.
2. Buy quality shoes
You’re unlikely to step up your exercise if your feet are killing you. From the first step you take, your shoes should feel good. To get the right fit, make sure your shoes have enough room for comfortably wiggling your toes.
3. Drink more water
You’ve heard it before, but getting enough water is critical for your overall health. With 75 percent of the population not getting enough water on a daily basis, it’s clear that the message isn’t getting through. Medical experts recommend 10 cups of water per day. Failing to get enough can result in health problems, including high blood pressure, kidney disease, headaches and weight gain.
4. Get some support
The importance of the right sports bra cannot be overstated. It can mean the difference between successful workouts or suffering, and ultimately giving up exercise altogether. Make sure your bra is form-fitting but gives you room to expand your ribs. Look for soft compression fabrics for comfort.
5. Break out the sunscreen
Moving outdoors gets you much-needed fresh air and exercise. Unfortunately, it also exposes you to the sun’s damaging rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation advises use of a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher during outdoor activities.
6. Snooze sufficiently
Sleep deprivation can damage your health in a number of ways. In the short term, it can decrease memory and alertness, harm relationships and increase the risk of accidents. In the long term, problems can include heart attack and stroke, obesity and mental impairment. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, experts say.
7. Find a satisfying career
Research suggests a link between health and job satisfaction. If your career needs a boost, consider additional education that can assist you with moving into a fulfilling line of work that supports your health and allows you to help others.
Find a meaningful way to celebrate Women’s Health & Fitness Day — for yourself or the ones you love. Become a member of the larger health care community in which you live through your education at Concorde.