May 12 through May 18 is National Women's Health Week. Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this week-long observance promotes a nationwide awareness of women's health and wellness. Another priority of Women's Health Week is to encourage women to make health a top priority: a priority that lasts not just a week, but for an entire lifetime.
Seeing what it takes to be healthy encompasses the entire definition of what the dictionary describes to us and to obtain them all, and at the core of it all is exercise. The body is not made to be sedentary, but it is designed for movement. Just as with a car, machine, or anything with moving parts, if those parts are not used, they don’t function properly.
Exercise does not have to be strenuous to be of benefit to us or our bodies, but it is necessary for us to accomplish the degree of health (keeping in mind the entire meaning of balanced health) we desire. Physical exercise of any type on a daily basis will assist in keeping all of our moving parts moving. Walking alone aids in keeping the blood flowing, heart pumping, and all the joints moving. What you don’t use, you will eventually lose.
Although physical exercise is extremely vital to our existence and well-being, mental exercise is just as important. There are things that will stimulate mental fatigue or mental stagnation thereby putting us into a state of elevated confidence in who we are and sense of purpose.
When we tend to venture outside of our daily routine and come back to that place of comfort, there is a tendency to see things in a different perspective. Just a short period outside to breathe in some fresh air will bring new meaning to your life. Outdoor activities will bring about a surge of mental change.
Planting, even if it is just a single pot with just one plant will give you a sense of accomplishment when you watch it grow from a seed to a beautiful, full bloomed flower or vegetable. As the plant grows, you will grow into a state of better overall health.
The process of well-balanced health is a gradual one, but it will give you an opportunity to stop and smell the roses. A great way to do so, is by creating a fitspiration board; images of things that inspire you to keep healthy, active and will also serve to motivate you. Heres's one I created for myself...
|Michelle's Fitspiration Board|
About my board:
Smoothie- A part of my personal goal to live a more balanced, healthy life, I need to incorporate more nutritious snacks into my daily diet.
Bike- Since I am not very athletic, simple activities like bike riding are a fun way to stay active without doing anything too strenuous on the body. I love beach bikes with the big baskets!
Sneakers- An easy to way to stir up some motivation is to treat yourself to some new workout gear! Choose fun colors that will make you excited to show them off at the gym!
Flowers- Last spring I started learning more about gardening. I enjoy being in the garden and watching blooms take life as the warmer weather approaches. Great stress reliever!
Golf Course- There is a popular Upstate New York golf club near my work, called Shenendoah, where I've started to take some lessons. I'm not very good at golf, but I love that I can be outside and all the walking.
Written by Michelle Pino
With the weekend almost here, it's a great opportunity for some reflection and time to create a board of your own. I will definitely have a go at this and will share my results here with you next week...
Elle :) x