Health and fitness are essential parts of living a happy, long life. But for most women, self-care and exercise often fall by the wayside of caring for children, family, work, and everything in between. Most women struggle to put themselves first.
The goal of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is to encourage women to flip this pattern on its head and turn making healthy choices and getting regular, enjoyable physical activity into a top priority.
The truth is, health and fitness are requirements, not options. Just think about what happens when mom gets sick…the whole show screeches to a halt. The better health you are in, the better quality of life you will have, and the more you will be able to provide for those around you.
Not only that, good health means more energy for relationships, fun, business, and personal development. None of those things can be given a full effort if you’re depleted and exhausted.
Here are some tips for putting your health and fitness first:
Ditch the diet. Dieting does not work. It may help you achieve some goals in the short-term, but depriving ourselves of “bad” foods and punishing ourselves with strict rules is a recipe for putting it all back on later. Instead, listen to your body and pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods. Learn to tell the difference between an emotionally-driven craving and your body telling you it needs something.
Find movement you love. Let’s be honest–if you hate running or going to the gym, you are never going to commit to it as a lifestyle. Rather than forcing yourself to follow a workout regimen, have fun with it! Try different forms of activity like dancing, biking, hiking, swimming, walking, yoga, or even blasting your favorite music while you speed-clean the house. What’s most important is that you actually enjoy doing it, so that you’ll keep doing it.
Don’t put off taking care of yourself. Self-care should always come first, because putting it off means risking serious health issues. Take time to pamper yourself. Treat tense muscles with massage. Seek out preventative health screenings.
Sometimes even with healthy food choices and lots of movement, genetics can come into play and throw us a health curveball. If your family has a history of vein disease or varicose veins, or if you have been experiencing leg pain or swelling, put yourself first and come into Bunker Vein & Imaging for your free consultation. Call us at (512) 726-0599 or contact us online to schedule today.
Here’s to a happy, healthy you!