Women’s Health and Fitness Day is celebrated annually on the last Wednesday in September. But if you’re reading this in the interim, let me suggest that you make every day YOUR “health and fitness day!”
Today we’re going to share some simple ways for you to do just that…
Now, before you go running away (on the outside chance that you’re not “into” exercise and don’t think this day is for you!), let me help you broaden your perspective a bit and encourage you to look at things a bit differently…
As we’ve written here before, there is more to good health than just losing weight, and I believe you have to consider other factors in a truly healthy lifestyle:
So, this Women’s Health & Fitness Day, if you’re not up-to-speed on any of these, why don’t you just pick ONE and start enjoying a better life? You owe it to yourself :-), and tomorrow you’ll be so happy you did!
Many of the following ideas are related to the nutritional/physical aspect of good health, which is really the focus of the day, but some also apply to your emotional and relational health and well-being. And I’m sure, given a few minutes of more-concentrated thought and/ or brain-storming with your spouse or a friend, you could come up with even more ways to improve the quality of your life! But you can at least get started with these:
9 Delightful Ways yo Celebrate Women’s Health & Fitness Day
1) Enjoy a smoothie for breakfast, lunch or dinner
4) Start training for a marathon
5) Drink more water!
6) Declare a sabbath day for yourself
9) Have a friend over for lunch, enjoy this super salad, and then go for a walk together!
Ginger-Cashew Chicken Salad*
Besides being oh-so-very-yummy, this salad boasts 132 g of bone-boosting magnesium per serving (almost 1/3 of your daily requirement!). Magnesium also helps your body absorb calcium and improves its ability to digest carbohydrates!
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 T minced fresh gingerroot
- 2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- cayenne pepper to taste
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- 8 oz fresh baby spinach
- 1 11-oz can mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage
- 2 medium carrots, shredded
- 3 thinly-sliced green onions
- 2 cups chow mein noodles
- 1/4 c cashews
- 2 T toasted sesame seeds
Mix marinade together and place 3/4 cup with chicken in a ziplock bag, refrigerate at least 3 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
Mix salad ingredients together, then drain and broil chicken for about 4-6 minutes on each side, or until thermometer reads 165°. Cut chicken into strips.
Mix together chicken, salad ingredients, noodles, nuts and seeds. Stir remaining marinade and drizzle over salad. Toss to coat and serve immediately.
(To toast nuts/seeds: bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes OR cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned.)
*Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home magazine, Sept/Oct 2015)