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We women are great at showing up when others need us. But sometimes that means our own health and well-being gets put on the back burner. Between work and family, community and social commitments, are you taking the time to take good care of yourself?
If you need a reset, now you’ve got the perfect excuse: September 25th is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. All over the country, over 50,000 women are expected to participate in free local events, including group exercise activities, health screenings, and workshops.
You can find a local event by getting in touch with local health and fitness organizations. But you can also use the day to reboot your health and fitness goals and celebrate women’s wellness in your own way.
Here are 7 ideas for making the most of National Women’s Health & Fitness Day:
This day is about women, so grab your sister, daughter, or girlfriends and plan a fun and healthy social outing. Take a hike together to a beautiful picnic spot and enjoy a fresh, healthy lunch. Wind up the day with something relaxing, like a gentle yoga class or a soak in the spa, or do some DIY facial masks and watch a chick flick.
Boredom is one of the biggest obstacles to sticking with a healthy exercise routine. Shake things up by trying something new that you’re curious about. Have you always wanted to try a spin class, Zumba, or a kettlebell workout? Now’s your chance. You can often find video demonstrations online if you’d prefer to try it out in your home.
Most serious health problems are preventable — if you catch them early enough. It may be tempting to put off a visit to the doctor until you have cause to worry, but by then, you’ll have less control over the outcome. Stay ahead of the game by scheduling regular well-woman check-ups. They should be covered by your health insurance provider.
Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help boost your immune system and promote healthy aging. Try swapping superfoods for some of the other foods you regularly eat. For instance, you can replace lettuce greens with baby spinach, white potatoes with sweet potatoes, pasta noodles with “zoodles” (zucchini noodles), and rice with quinoa.
Research shows that women are more susceptible to stress and the negative effects that it can have on mental health. If you tend to burn the candle at both ends, take this opportunity for some much-needed self-care. Take yourself for a calming walk in nature, get a massage, practice meditation, or just take a good, long nap.
Weakening bones and stiffening joints are common problems for women as we age, and these issues can discourage us from staying active. Make sure you are getting enough calcium to maintain healthy bone density. Some forms of calcium are difficult to absorb, so we recommend OsteoNourish, which delivers calcium in five different forms for better absorption, along with supporting nutrients like vitamin D, magnesium, and silica. Our clinically proven Arthro7 supplement can improve joint mobility to get you moving again.
Dark chocolate, that is. This is one craving you don’t have to feel guilty about, as long as the cocoa content is 70% or higher. Dark chocolate is a legitimate superfood with a higher antioxidant content than blueberries. It’s packed with fiber, iron, magnesium, and other minerals, and even the fats are mostly healthy fats. Studies show that dark chocolate can even benefit heart health by balancing blood pressure and cholesterol.
Despite our best intentions, we all fall short of our health goals — so take this opportunity to reset and pick up the slack. No matter how busy you are, making time for your own health and well-being is the best way to maintain your superwoman status. Take care of yourself today, and you’ll feel better tomorrow!