In honor of Women’s Health and Fitness Day on Sept. 28, our Y experts share their self-care tips for women of all ages and abilities.
"Pick one day per week to prep meals and snacks to take to work with you, like a baggie of cut-up fresh mixed veggies or fruit. It’s an easy, healthy thing to grab from the fridge when you are in a hurry in the mornings." –Diane T., Group Exercise & Water Exercise Coordinator, Indianola YMCA and South Suburban YMCA
"Try to replace at least one car trip per week with a bike ride." –Gwyn M., Program Director - Group Exercise, Wellmark YMCA and Walnut Creek Family YMCA
"Swap out your soda for water or tea; add a lemon or other fruit to your H2O to ease the transition." –Kim U., Wellness Coordinator, South Suburban YMCA
"Try to get at least 250 steps an hour in over the course of your work day. It will keep your mind sharper and be an hourly posture reminder."
–Penny L., Program Executive - Group Fitness
"Make sure to get your fall risk assessed if you are age 65 or older." –Trina R., Medical Program Executive, YMCA Healthy Living Center
"Never, never, never skip breakfast. A well-balanced breakfast is the perfect way to kick start a great day!" –Meagen K., Wellness Director, Walnut Creek YMCA
"Find a workout buddy and make plans to meet at the gym to take a group exercise class together. Being accountable will make it harder to skip your workout." -Jennifer R., Program Coordinator - Group Exercise, YMCA Healthy Living Center and Waukee Family YMCA
"Don't let one day of not eating well derail your progress. Tomorrow is a new day to start over fresh!" -Jessica B., Group Exercise Coordinator, Boone County Family YMCA
"Instead of checking your phone first thing each morning, take five minutes to practice mindfulness meditation." –Stacie C., Program Coordinator – Group Exercise, Wellmark YMCA and Walnut Creek Family YMCA
"Keep a notebook on your nightstand and write down three things you’re grateful for each evening. Also, what I always tell my kids: Be good. Do good." –Tricia B., Mind & Body Program Coordinator, YMCA Healthy Living Center and Waukee Family YMCA
What are your self-care tips? Share them with us in the comments!