It's the last day of September and which a kind of drives the nail into the end of summer. This is when a lot of us tend to slack off a little when it comes to health and fitness. It is the precursor to the holiday and all the delightful cookies, cakes, desserts and sugarplums that dance in our heads. This means it is sometimes hard to keep up with our health and fitness goals.
I am guessing that may be part of the reason that September 30th has been declared "National Women's Health & Fitness Day" . Yup, that's right, we're talking about health and fitness today.
yup, that's me and yup, that's Kerri Walsh and YUP I did actually play volleyball with her. WHAT?
Look, I'll admit I am not always the healthiest person. I have my moments for sure and have tried just about every "eating program" you can imagine and I read about food A LOT. I love food. Everyone says that but I mean, I REALLY love food, all kinds, salty, sweet, sour, bitter. I just love how food is a way to fellowship, express yourself and see the world. Food sustains us, keep our bodies working the way they should and can even cure a broken heart. (I don't care what anyone says.) This can sometimes be a problem, depending on how you look at things. Just about anyone will tell you that at the end of the day, it is all about balance.
The same can be said for fitness. Taking care of our bodies is what keeps us moving, breathing and able to be in awe of the world around us. It is also one of the hardest things to tell yourself on a rainy/snowy winter day when the bed just feels warm and cozy. Sometimes, your muscles ache, your bones hurt, your body is sweaty and smelly. Even though it you feel better later, sometimes the actual process of keeping fit isn't always the most exciting thing to try and do.
National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the recognized as the largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages int he U.S. It's focus is on regular physical activity and health awareness for women. and here is the thing...
we need that focus
Obviously we want everyone to be healthy but as women it is even more critical. We are the caregivers of the world. Even with the increase of women with not just jobs, but careers, we still take the lead as care givers.
Women are more likely to take care of an elder family member
On average in American households with two heterosexual parents, mothers spend about 11 hours per week taking care of their children, while fathers spend slightly more than 3 hours per week. 4
A record 40 percent of all households with children under 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.
Despite this, women are less likely to take care of themselves. We forget to put the oxygen mask on ourselves before everyone else. This is why a focus on health and fitness is so important for us. A day that reminds us to focus on ourselves is needed to remind us that the only way we can be at our best is to take care of the body we have been given. It is a reminder to take a breath (a heavy one), wipe the sweat from our brow and have a moment just for us, to make us healthy, strong and happy.
As part of the day there are a ton of local organizations nationwide that will host a variety of events. The focus is on health and not competition. You can get screenings, exercise, and also learn more ways to be/get healthy. All with the goal of encouraging women to take control of their lives and their health by giving women the opportunity to learn how to make smarter choices regarding their health. More than 50,000 women are expected to participate in their local communities. Will you be one of them?
It's pretty easy. You can google to find a participating location near you OR just get out and do something. Go for a run, hike with some friends or spend the evening as a family cooking a healthy meal. Do something, take a picture and post online to share with everyone. Don't forget to hashtag #womenshealthfitnessday