National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, which calls attention to the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women of all ages, is always held on the last Wednesday in September. The 2019 event is set for September 25.
This year, an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 women of all ages from across the country will gather at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities and other community locations to partake in local women’s health and fitness events as part of the 18th Annual National Women's Health & Fitness Day. Locally organized events will include fitness walks, exercise demonstrations, health fairs, and health information workshops, and most will also include educational information about women's health and fitness.
Whether you attend an organized event or mark the occasion on your own, here are 7 ways you can celebrate Women’s Health & Fitness Day. (And since health and fitness are always more fun when you share with a friend, why not grab a buddy or two and encourage each other to do one of the following?)
- Participate in a sponsored event on September 25. Check with your local news outlets and social media for possibilities. For example, a nearby hospital, clinic or TV or radio station may be offering a women’s health discussion or sponsoring a 5K run/walk.
- Get your blood pressure checked. Did you know one in every three Americans has high blood pressure? Know your numbers! Pharmacies like CVS offer free blood pressure checks, as do most fire stations. Or you can purchase a manual or digital blood pressure monitor and keep track at home.
- Meet your friends to catch up while you walk at a park or local high school track.
- Try something new! Sign up for a cycling, yoga or Zumba class in your area, make a healthy recipe for dinner or try meditation for beginners.
- Be mindful of what you eat. Keep a food diary for a day; based on that, determine some healthy changes you can make in what you eat and drink.
- Get active at work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or set an alarm to remind you to get up from your desk and take a brief walk around the building.
- Drink more water. Download an app such as WaterMinder to your phone to help you set a goal for daily water intake remind you to drink it.