It’s that exciting time of year again! National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is fast approaching. Just like us, you must be blowing the dust off of those roller blades or searching vigorously for your yoga mat in preparation for the exciting day. But things are obviously different this year. Because of the pandemic and the shutdown, all activities have to take place with social distancing rules in mind.
We definitely will not allow COVID-19 to dampen our spirits this National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. The key is to understand how it’s been done before and how we can make it better for ourselves this year. So, what can you do to make sure this National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is just as good or even better than the rest?
What Usually Happens on National Women’s Health and Fitness Day?
National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is on September 30th this year. The aim of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is to encourage physical exercise, health awareness, and wellbeing among women. Last year, over 500 groups of women participated in health and fitness activities at senior centers, health clubs, schools, and more. Between 50 000 – 75 000 women participated in last year’s National Women’s Health and Fitness Day and the event will grow with each passing year.
What makes National Women’s Health and Fitness Day so special is that you feel like you are going through the journey with other like-minded people as a supportive community. When you feel low, you can count on your sisters to encourage and support you to keep going. Other useful resources such as screenings and health clinics are usually available. Women were also encouraged to form small groups amongst themselves. The women in the groups help each other through the journey and keep each other on track to achieving their goals.
The beautiful thing about National Women’s Health and Fitness day is also that it takes a holistic approach. Health is about more than what is on the outside. The mind is equally as important in achieving your goals. So things like rest and self-care are also heavily encouraged on this day.
National Women’s Health and Fitness Day in the Age of COVID
Fast forward to 2020 and the world has changed drastically. An event as social as National Women’s Health and Fitness Day may not have the same kind of social interaction that it has in previous years. But the take-home message from this pandemic is that health is the most important thing in our lives. If we haven’t done so before, then we need to make our health a priority and take self-care more seriously.
With social distancing regulations at play, National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is going to need a facelift in 2020. These are a few suggestions on how you can continue to participate in the event from the safety of your own home.
We have only got one body! National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is all about appreciating and loving what we have. We have to keep our bodies as healthy as possible if we plan to live a long life. Key to this is physical activity. And there are so many benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease which is one of the leading causes of death in women. Here are a few ways you can exercise at home during COVID:
- Using online videos: There are tons of videos on the internet that have been produced by certified trainers that you can use to exercise. Find a video that addresses your needs and pain points and get going! Look up Pop Pilates or Yoga with Adriane on YouTube. Those are great videos to start with.
- Household items are your friends: There is a common misconception that you need fancy equipment to exercise from home. Well, not anymore! Water bottles and other household items can be used to mimic weights and other equipment you would find in a gym.
- Be time-efficient: If you have a family to look after, you may feel like you don’t have enough alone time to workout. Not a problem. Turn it into a family activity. Do jumping jacks and other fun exercises with your family while watching tv. Get everyone involved in your fun activities.
This National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is the perfect time to get creative! Find ways to exercise from the safety and comfort of your own home.
You Are What You Eat
Diet also plays a key role in your journey to improve your physical health. National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is all about taking a holistic approach to health and vitality. These are some of the things that you should consider doing to make sure you have healthier eating habits:
- A healthier eating plan: Your eating plan should include healthy foods such as:
- Whole grains,
- Lean meats,
- Foods that are low in salt.
Treat yourself to some delicious and healthy meals this National Women’s Health and Fitness Day
- Folic acid: This vitamin is essential for women. The CDC recommends that women take 400mcg of folic acid every day. Your body uses it to make new cells every day and it can also help prevent major birth defects for pregnant women.
- Reduced alcohol consumption: Try to limit yourself to having one drink a day. Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of you having a few health conditions and chronic diseases later in life. So either avoid alcohol completely or drink in moderation.
We are nothing without our minds. National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is about recognizing all of the things that make us who we are. We should prioritize this as well in the quest for a healthier lifestyle. In times like these, it makes sense that trying to keep stress-free is more of a mission than it used to be. If you need help with finding ways to deal with your stress, these are a few tips to help you do just that:
- Taking a break: We are constantly bombarded with COVID news and other headlines that can really weigh you down. Take a break from watching the news and watch anything else that makes you feel better. Find yourself a good rom-com and don’t forget the air-popped popcorn!
- Making time for yourself: With all of life’s obligations, you may feel like you do not have enough time for yourself. Well, make time! Take active steps to purposefully have a self-care time slot in your day to do things that make you happy. You can start this habit on National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. Take time out for you.
- Talk about your feelings: Keeping your feelings bottled up is never a good thing. Find someone you trust and speak to them about your stressors. Sometimes talking about your issues can help you realize that every problem has a solution.
- Seek help when you need it: It is important to realize that it is ok not to be ok. When you start to have negative thoughts about self-harm or suicide as a way out, seek medical attention. Speak to a professional counselor, psychologist, or social worker and get the help you need.
Other Tips to Stay Healthy
The things you do this National Women’s Health and Fitness Day should become daily habits. Here are a few habits you should incorporate into your daily routine to keep your mind, body, and soul healthy:
- Social distancing: Stick to the prescribed social distancing regulations and protect yourself from catching COVID. You can do this by sanitizing/cleaning your hands regularly and wearing a cloth mask.
- Sleep: This is the one thing we all take for granted. How you sleep can have an impact on how productive you are. So make sure you get the recommended 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night.
National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is really about self-love, health, and appreciation. We need to make sure we are treating our mind, body, and soul the way they deserve to be treated and we truly look after ourselves. The important thing to remember is that the things we do this National Women’s Health and Fitness Day should be done throughout the year. The health of the mind, body, and soul are important all year round. But you can use National Women’s Health and Fitness Day as a day to get your healthy habits started.
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