On September 30th, we celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. It started in 2001 by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), this holiday was created “to encourage women to take control of their health, to learn the fact they need to make smart health choices, and to make time for regular physical activity.”
Here are some reasons for women (and men) to get moving today!
How healthy are your bones?
Eighty percent of people who suffer from osteoporosis are women, and one in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. That is astonishing news! When you perform weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercises, it helps to build strong bones. Childhood is a great time for females to get on the path of preventing osteoporosis by exercising and reaching their highest possible ‘peak bone mass’. Having a diet high in calcium, vitamin D and protein also aids in prevention.
Are you feeling stressed?
Stress, anxiety and depression affect individuals of all walks of life; however, according to the American Psychological Association, women are more likely to experience stress than men (28 percent versus 20 percent). Exercise reduces stress by releasing endorphins—the chemicals in your body that make you happier—into your body. Exercise is also a great way to decompress and meditate. Regular exercise can also help feel “a sense of command over your body and your life,” and it can increase your self-esteem and confidence.
How is your heart doing?
While men are more susceptible to heart disease, women are affected by it as well. It is the leading cause of death for both men AND women. When you exercise regularly, it helps keep weight off, lower blood pressure, lower the heart rate, and lower the risk of developing diabetes.
According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, women overwhelmingly experience IBS more than males. Women make up 60-65 percent of individuals who report having IBS. However, there is good news. A Swedish study found that 43% of patients who exercised 20-60 minutes, 3-5 times a week, for 12 weeks, “had a significant decrease in [IBS] symptom severity.” Exercising also helps reduce the chances of developing constipation, diverticular disease and gallstones.
How can you help your memory?
In America, two-thirds of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. According to Harvard Health Publishing, some studies have found that “regular aerobic exercise…boosts the size of the hippocampus, the area in the brain involved in verbal memory and learning.” Exercising several times a week to keep your learning and reasoning skills sharp, and to improve your cognitive skills and judgment.
CELEBRATE the day focusing on your own or with friends!
- Try a sport or fitness activity that you haven’t played before
- Workout with a friend
- Walk or ride your bike somewhere instead of using a vehicle
- Try out a healthy food you’ve never eaten, or a new healthy recipe
- Schedule a checkup with your doctor or healthcare specialist
- Set health and fitness goals for yourself
- Make sure you are drinking enough fluids
- Get a massage
- Take a nap
*SAVE THE DATE*
EVENT: National Women’s Health and Fitness Day 2020
Where: Sisu Therapies Clinic
1230 W. Ash St., Ste A, Windsor
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 4-5 pm
Who: Girls and women of all ages
Please join us at Sisu Therapies Clinic to celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day 2020! We want to invite women and girls of all ages to come by for this FREE fun and energetic fitness and health event! We will have Fitness Instructors, a Registered Dietician, Physical Therapists, and a Medical Massage Therapist providing engaging and fun activities. Participate in exercise demonstrations and fitness screenings, learn about massage and home maintenance tips, and discover answers to nutrition questions you may have! We hope that this event inspires you to put your health as a top priority in your life!
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Attendees are asked to follow all state guidelines pertaining to COVID-19. Thank you.