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National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, which takes place on September 27, 2017, is the nation’s largest health and wellness day of the year dedicated to women of all ages. This day promotes awareness for women on the importance of regular physical activity, self-care, and healthy living. South County Physical Therapy agrees this is the perfect time to stop and reflect on your well-being by making a few simple changes towards a healthier life filled with wellness strategies and a focus on better nutrition.

In our 30+ years, we have seen that women have a tendency to take care of everyone around them, leaving little time to take care of themselves. Often times, it is easy to forget or leave no time for the care of your own health and well-being, especially as you manage the stress and joys of everyday life. Due to constant daily pressures with work, family, or both, along with other time challenges, women can be affected by stress on a regular basis. With numerous studies proving that prolonged stress can negatively impact one’s physical and emotional health, it’s essential to stop and think about how you can incorporate a more holistic and consistent wellness strategy into your daily life. This will inevitably give you more energy to tackle the daily demands that are unavoidable and leave you healthier (and happier).

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is the perfect opportunity to focus on your well-being and to start taking control of your health. Here are a few tips to get you started on celebrating your body, mind, and your journey to a healthier you.

Join local health events
Health groups and fitness centers across the U.S. will be hosting wellness and fitness-related events throughout the day in celebration of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. From exercise demonstrations to informative workshops, there will be something for everyone. Reach out to your local health organizations or check out Facebook and mobile apps to find events taking place in your community. It is a great way to connect with like-minded people and make new friends!

Commit to a daily exercise program
Get active! National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is the perfect day to commit or re-commit to your daily exercise routine. Short on time but want to squeeze in a quick workout? Take a quick break and revitalize your mind and body with this 10-minute yoga workout. Even if you only have 10 to 30 minutes a day for exercise, it can drastically improve your health. SCPT offers great videos to help you get started at home.

Try something new
Changing up your workout routine can actually be good for your health. Is there a Zumba class or hot yoga session that has caught your eye?  Sign up for a class or activity that interests you, and encourage a friend or family member to join you. If outdoor social workouts are more your style, the Seaport Commons in Boston offers a free fitness series on their grounds, so you can get your heart pumping to a variety of popular cardio and high-intensity workouts in the beautiful Seaport waterfront area.

Make an appointment with your doctor
Still need to schedule an appointment with your doctor or dentist?  Dedicate a day this week to scheduling necessary appointments you have been postponing. The Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends booking a doctor’s appointment for a regular checkup and any preventative screenings that might be appropriate for your age group. Staying on top of any required tests and health concerns is a positive step toward your overall wellness.

Get a good night’s sleep
Make it a priority to get an adequate amount of sleep. For adults, this means getting between seven to nine hours each night, and a little more for youths and teens. Getting the proper amount of sleep keeps your heart healthy, improves your memory, helps with weight control, lowers your risk for serious health issues, and reduces stress.

Eat, drink, and live longer
Weight control is still the single most important factor for long-term health. Research has shown that superfoods have been proven to fight diseases and boost energy. Fitness Magazine provides a 31-day healthy meal plan packed with superfood nutrients to help you get started on healthy eating for the entire month. Hydration is also a key component of a healthy diet. If you want to increase your water intake, but think water is too bland, there are many delicious recipes for infused waters to keep you hydrated and healthy at the same time.

Spend time with family
Exposing your children to a healthy lifestyle when they are young can help build the foundation for an entire lifetime of healthy living. Use this opportunity to teach your children about healthy food choices. Encouraging and rewarding their good behavior helps reinforce healthy habits. Prepare a nutritious meal together, go to the park, or engage in any sort of activity that promotes health and well-being.

However you choose to celebrate, National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is a great reminder for women to get into a routine of healthy living. Focusing on a healthy lifestyle not only improves your quality of life, but it can also lead to longevity.

SCPT offers numerous programs to help with daily health and fitness. Check out some of our at-home exercises here . You can enjoy these any time of the day in the comfort of your own home. Our expert physical therapy team can help guide you on your journey to wellness. Visit our website for more information.