In the craziness of everyday life, we tend to put our own needs and wants at the bottom of our daily to-do lists. We focus on our spouses, children, work, home and life in general. One thing that we cannot forget is to do things for ourselves.
Here are some health tips from UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s athletic trainers for Women’s Health Week (but really, they apply to everyone, all the time). It is amazing what taking a little time for ourselves can do for our physical and mental well-being. Just 30 minutes doing any of these activities is all it takes!
- Go for a walk
- Do yoga with a friend
- Read a book
- Go on a picnic
- Spend time at a local park
Lastly, we would like to highlight running. Running has many benefits to not only physical health, but also mental well-being. If running is done in groups (be sure to social distance if that is still in effect in your area!), it can increase a sense of camaraderie and help to keep you motivated and held accountable. Consistently engaging in this type of exercise can also help to decrease the risk of certain diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. It has also shown to decrease the risk of both breast and uterine cancer.
Take some time for yourself and do one of these things for 30 minutes a day and you’ll be on your way to achieving a well-balanced routine. For more information on Women’s Health Week, visit the Office on Women’s Health website, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.