National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is a nation-wide promotional event for women of all ages to focus on regular exercise and healthy living.
A study by the National Institutes of Health finds that a reported lack of self-esteem, motivation, and support makes it difficult for many women to keep up with regular exercise and healthy living.
Not to worry. We’ve got some tips on how to stay healthy, happy, and inspired.
Click the photos below to get motivated on Women’s Health Day.
Did you know that 60% of the people with a thyroid problem are unaware of it? An underactive or overactive thyroid can affect your weight, mood, and attention. Women are five to eight times more likely to experience thyroid problems than are men, so make sure to go for your annual checkups and ask about your thyroid.
with a Friend
Do you sometimes lose the motivation to get moving on your own? Bring a friend along for workouts to increase the chances of accomplishing your fitness goals. Research has shown that working out with a buddy can help you lose weight faster and become happier about your routine. You’ll also be less likely to talk negatively with good support around you.
Self-care doesn’t have to mean a full day at the spa. All you need to sit back and relax is some time to yourself in a peaceful area in your home or even at a park nearby. Make self-care your own by focusing on something you enjoy doing, like trying a new recipe, coloring, and more. Get some tips on how to get started here.
Exercise in Half
You read that right! High-intensity, short-interval training of around 20–30 minutes can be just as effective as longer workouts on the elliptical or treadmill. These exercises can consist of squat jumps, lunges, burpees, and much more, all in the comfort of your own home. If you don’t have much time, it can be easy to fit in a cardio workout. Always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
Superfoods don’t have to be boring. Some of the most powerful are also the most tasty, like avocados, berries, kiwis, and even dark chocolate. Superfoods are high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation in the body, minimize heart disease risk, and more. Try our banana avocado chocolate pudding and add some dark chocolate with 70%–80% cocoa to get started.
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“Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate,” Healthline. June 25, 2018.
“General Information,” American Thyroid Association. Accessed September 3, 2019.
“Perceived Barriers to Exercise and Healthy Eating,” National Institutes of Health. May 1, 2015.
“Get Motivated,” Healthy Women. April 4, 2014.