September 30th is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. Hundreds of organizations countrywide will be hosting a variety of noncompetitive events covering everything from group walks to health seminars.
In the spirit of the day, we’ve put together a list of 5 ways YOU can celebrate women’s health and fitness on your own.
Good health starts within. Too often our lives are so busy that we forget to remember ourselves. Spend a little time thinking about what you want for yourself and what fits your wellness goals. Practicing yoga, meditation, and even a daily drawing habit can help push you toward a more healthful and balanced life.
If working on the inner stuff is important, it’s just as vital to do things in an outward fashion too. Take a long walk, go for a hike, play a sport, go out dancing or even meeting up with friends can have a major impact on your emotional well being.
Learn something new
There is nothing like stepping out of your comfort zone. It might be stretch and sometimes a little uncomfortable, but those growing pains can pay off. Try taking a new fitness class, learn about ayurveda, tinker with a new craft… anything outside your normal routine has the ability to encourage growth, which opens our eyes and sometimes new doors.
Eating healthfully might look good on paper, but once you’re in the thick of it, it may be challenging. Be gentle with yourself. Learn a new recipe, take a cooking class, educate yourself on the types of foods you consume. Find out where your food comes from and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Eat because it nourishes your body and find healthy foods that taste good!
Get a massage
What better way to celebrate a holiday than with a massage? The benefits of massage can’t be overstated. Massage can help everything from an old sports injury, scar tissue, stress relief, headaches, fibromyalgia, TMJ, anxiety/depression or just good ole’ health and wellness maintenance.
I’m walking the walk, too
For my part, I’ve been rocking out at a weekly yoga class with Lisa Cohen in Norton. You can keep an eye on her Facebook page here for upcoming class info. And I’m currently enchanted with this particular 7 minute workout, and the upper body workouts on that same YouTube channel. I’m also back on a twice-monthly massage schedule, which keeps me moving (and sleeping) better. If I can do it, so can you.
But really, there is no reason to wait for a holiday to focus on your health and wellness. Each day is a chance to celebrate YOU and your health and good well-being is part of that.