It’s National Women’s Health and Fitness Day so Moms, this one’s for you. Just a little reminder to take care of yourself as much as you take care of your family.
I don’t know about you, but I find it really easy to neglect myself when it comes to grocery trips, laundry, extracurriculars, homework, and, oh yeah, my work. Most moms I know are the same, putting off our health for the sake of whatever needs done to keep the ship righted. But this is a problem. Moms need to be healthy in order to be productive and, let’s face it, coherent.
While this day is not just about moms, or even about a particular age of women, I’m taking the time to call focus a little on us. It’s so easy to neglect your own health so long as the family unit remains healthy, whole, and on course. But, imagine for a moment how much your whole world veers off course if you get sick – really sick. Isn’t it better to step up and take preventative measures, to eat well, sleep enough (okay, that’s probably not happening but we can dream), and exercise?
Why National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is Important to Me
As you may have read in my Transformation Tale, I’ve made the decision to really look after myself. I’m not taking anything for granted as I work toward a healthier body. Notice I don’t say weight. I know what the scale says, of course, but it’s not about that number. Clothes that used to be tight are loose now. I’m able to run on six or seven hours of sleep. My skin, hair, and nails look awesome and I have a lot more energy.
What am I doing?
I hit my 10,000+ steps every day (even when I don’t want to). Drink lots of water and exercise – yoga, dancing, walking, sports with the kids. Is it easy every day? No way. Some days it is nearly impossible to do what I’ve got to do, but I do it. That’s the key. It’s all habit now and I’m looking to add in some more. A little more yoga in the afternoon, a little more stretching wherever I can fit it in.
You know what? You can too.