On September 29, 2021, women around the country can take part in the National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, a nationwide event that encourages women to live a healthy lifestyle. Whatever the state of your physical fitness, it’s never too late to get more active and take care of your body and mind.
What is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day?
The National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is a nationwide initiative focusing on the benefits of physical fitness and healthy living focused on women. It focuses on regular physical activity and health awareness for women-similar to its “sister” event, National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Local activities usually take place to promote wellness, health awareness and fitness events for women across the country.
What’s the goal of National Women’s Health & Fitness Day?
This event aims to empower women to take responsibility for their health—to learn more about making better health decisions and taking time for regular physical activity.
Local health and wellness programs can differ according to the local organizations and the communities they serve. These non-competitive activities may include walks, fitness classes, screenings, and seminars to teach health knowledge.
It is a valuable opportunity for local organizations to showcase the health-related health services and fitness accessibility that they provide to the women in their communities.
How can women celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day on their own?
Women of all fitness levels can come together and offer support to motivate one another during this year’s health journey. If there aren’t any local events near you, here are ways to start on your own and with a group of friends:
Trying a new sport may be just right for you
Go on a walk or take part in a fun ballroom class. Mixing up your workouts can be beneficial to your body.
Take a nap
Research shows that sleep is good for your heart, mind, weight, and more! So, take some time for yourself and enjoy a nap.
Consider eating whole healthy food
You can find broccoli, apples, turnips, and lots of other healthy food in your local grocery store. Try shopping the outer ring of the grocery store. The less-processed foods are usually located around the outside of the store, such as the dairy, meat, and produce area. A well-balanced diet will keep your bones strong and healthy by helping you get enough calcium and vitamin D.
Relieve pain and tension with self-massage or yoga
Excessive stress can negatively affect your body, including weight gain, hair loss, and blood sugar swings. Use some self-massage techniques or make time for yoga and meditation.
Go for a heart check
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S., but only half of women recognize the risk. Make an appointment with your health provider. In certain states, the WISEWOMAN program offers free heart and stroke risk screenings for women who qualify.
These activities and more can help jumpstart your health awareness regimen and fitness for National Women’s Health and Fitness Day and beyond.