National Women’s Health and Fitness Day takes place each year on the last Wednesday of September. The purpose of this day is to focus on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women and to encourage women to take control of their health. National Women’s Health and Fitness Day events taking place across the country will include walking events, exercise demonstrations, health screenings and health information workshops.
As women get older, the decline in muscle and bone mass can lead to frailty and an increased risk of bone fractures. Additionally, having arthritis and joint pain can make it more difficult to exercise. Fortunately, there are exercise options of varying intensity and for people of all fitness levels. Intensive workout routines may not be possible and/or realistic, but it doesn’t mean exercising is not an option.
In a Prevention.com article, trainer Holly Perkins suggests that women over age 50 should do a full-body strength routine one to two days a week as a way to maintain muscle mass. In addition, partaking in activities such as jogging, swimming, walking, or dancing can be done right at home or in your local community without needing an expensive gym membership. These activities can all help to strengthen muscle mass and improve cardiovascular health.
Water aerobics can provide a great physical workout while putting minimal stress on the joints, making it a great option for anyone experiencing joint pain. Yoga and pilates can also be good options for older women looking to improve their balance, flexibility, joint strength, and cardiovascular health. Many yoga and pilates classes are specifically designed for seniors, offering lower-impact exercises than a general yoga or pilates class.
Take the chance and try something new on September 27, 2017, this year’s National Women’s Health and Fitness Day!