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9 Ways to Celebrate
Women’s Health and Fitness Day

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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:

A) nutritional/physical

B) emotional

C) relational

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

2) Get outside and have fun with the kids, or go on a date with your spouse

3) Try a new sport, exercise or activity. Hula-hoop, bike ride, pilates, cross-fit

4) Start training for a marathon

5) Drink more water!

6) Declare a sabbath day for yourself

7) Go get a massage;  or if you can’t get out, treat yourself to an in-house spa day with a refreshing detox bath, good-for-you scrubs and soothing DIY body butter

8) Practice gratitude: write a card, send a letter, forgive someone

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!

Marinade/Dressing:

  • 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

Salad mix:

  • 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

Directions:

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)

What are some other ways you/we can celebrate Women’s Health & Fitness every day? What changes do YOU plan to make?!

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6 Responses to 9 Ways to Celebrate
Women’s Health and Fitness Day

  1. Kaitlyn October 5, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Oh man, I missed it this year. But seriously? We should promote women’s health everyday. I’ve REALLY fallen out of the habit, and want to get back in to at least yoga if nothing else. I got pregnant 3 years ago, and since birthing my first, I’ve never not been nursing – its super hard to maintain milk supply while exercising for me. However, because of this … I have about 40# I could stand to ditch right now, too. What an amazing super list… I should put one up on my vision board to see every single day. Thank you for your ideas!

    • Pat October 5, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

      Kaitlyn,
      Maybe you missed the “official” day, but I agree that we should promote it every day! I totally get that 40# thing…would just LOVE to lose that amount too (especially after 5 kids)!!
      Go ahead and print it out – if I knew it would inspire just one person…well, that would just about make my day year 🙂
      So glad you stopped by…check in again soon!

  2. Lisa Sharp October 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Great ideas, I’m trying to be sure to work out each day, even if all I can work in is 10 minutes. It all adds up.

    • Pat October 4, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

      Super, Lisa! And you’re right…it DOES all add up! I started out by trying it in the morning, but realized if I exercised in the afternoon, my daughter would be my “buddy”, so…
      Hoopin’ in the afternoon is my exercise of choice these days! 🙂

  3. sue October 2, 2015 at 2:07 am #

    Well I’ve run a marathon but that massage sounds perfect! Some really great ways to celebrate being healthy and fit. I love the way you have given such a variety of ideas. I’m Sizzling Towards 60 and my page is all about being fit, healthy, active and having fun in midlife! #LFEO

    • Pat October 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

      Sue,
      Glad you stopped by!!! I’m pretty much sizzling’ toward the same…so I’ll head over there after this comment 😉
      Please feel free to visit again… #kindredspirits

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