Friday, September 28, 2012

National Women's Health and Fitness Day

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By Nurse Diane

This summer much of the country tuned in to watch the summer Olympics that took place in England.  There were contests in Swimming, gymnastics, track and other events that included women.  I watched as one woman ran in a track event, and didn’t even become short of breath when the race was over.  These women are incredibly healthy and fit.   Every time I see women compete in sports, I always wish I could do that too.  Fitness is really becoming popular among women.  Even my small town has a gym just for women, and my mother is a member.  She goes and rides a stationary bike, and rows a "boat".  We also had Curves, another place just for women and I was a member there.

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Today is National Women's Health and Fitness Day.  It is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages.  It focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.

Today, more than 1,000 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in these local activities. The goal of this event 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.

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There are many ways to improve your health and fitness, without having to train for the Olympics.  You can start by walking in your neighborhood, or inside a mall if the weather is bad, then you can try riding a bike, or taking an exercise class.  However, don’t start any exercise program without a doctor's approval.

To learn more about this day, visit this site:  http://www.fitnessday.com/women/

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