5 Ways to Improve Your Health for National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. Over 1,000 groups nationwide host events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, parks, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations encouraging women’s health and fitness. According to FitnessDay.com, the goal of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is “to encourage women to take control of their health to learn the facts they need to make smart health choices, and to make time for regular physical activity.”

The activities that you can expect from a National Women’s Health and Fitness Day event include: walking events, exercise demonstrations, free exercise classes, health screenings, and health information workshops. If there are no events in your community for National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, here are 5 ways to improve your health today.

  1. Drink more water– Staying hydrated is the key to avoiding many unwanted ailments caused by dehydration including headaches, digestive issues, dry skin, low energy, and constipation.  Many experts recommend drinking a glass of water before each meal to avoid over eating. The Mayo Clinic suggests 13 cups of water per day for men and 9 cups per day for women.
  2. Take the stairs– Stair climbing is a great way to exercise through out the day. Duke University reports taking two flights of stairs every day can lead to weight loss of six pounds per year. One minute of constant stair climbing can burn 8-11 calories.
  3. Walk 6,000 steps– Don’t let that number intimidate you! Grab your phone, install a pedometer app and start tracking your steps. Most people are shocked by how much walking they actually do in a day. 6,000 steps is about 3 miles. Consider adding one or two 15 minutes walks into your day and you could easily hit 10,000 steps.
  4. Reach for a healthier snack– Do you feel stuck in a snack rut? Today is the day to try a new snack- a healthier one perhaps? Put the candy bar down this afternoon and reach for fruit instead. Here are some of my favorite healthy travel snacks.
  5. Set a goal– Set a goal with a specific purpose and time frame. Write your goal down and create a plan that outlines how you will achieve it. Involve others so you have a support system. I am currently in a squat challenge group (the goal is to perform a specific amount of squats each day for 30 days). On the days I feel lazy or tired, I see the other girls have done their squats which inspires me to do mine.

I challenges you to try at least of of these tips today. The only thing preventing you from improving your health is yourself-so start now! Do something today your future self will thank you for!

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Business Travel Life

Business Travel Life is an online resource supporting the road warrior lifestyle. We give business travelers the tools they need to maintain their wellness and productivity when traveling. The topics we cover include business travel tips, travel workouts, healthy travel hacks, travel products, general travel tips, and industry trends. Our goal is to make business travel a healthier experience – and to make healthy travel practices more accessible to all road warriors.

Kristina Portillo, CPT, MS

Kristina is the founder of Business Travel Life. Her love of fitness and travel unified to create a resource for business travelers and road warriors who want to take a healthier approach to business travel. She has traveled for business on and off for the past eight years. Kristina received a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and received her Bachelors of Arts in Business Marketing from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

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