Today marks the 11th annual National Women's Health and Fitness Day. While we'd like to think that every day in the SHAPE office is about health and fitness, we couldn't ignore this important national holiday. We know you're busy, but whether you're a working mom, a college student, or a working professional (or a combination of all three), we encourage you to make time for your health. Although women tend to take care of those around them, they often end up neglecting their own health. And that can lead to some scary stuff—for example, though heart attacks, stroke, and cardiovascular disease strike both men and women, women are more likely to die from them.
The good news is that the road to health doesn't have to begin with a monumental change. Here are some of our favorite small changes you can make today for a better life:
1. The 15-minute total-body kettlebell circuit. Short on time? No problem! Ten or 15 minutes is still plenty of time to get in a total-body workout. For example, the average kettlebell routine melts away 20 calories per minute. Try this killer kettlebell program at home to blast 300 calories in just 15 minutes. If you're not one for getting sweaty (we feel ya), try one of these no-sweat workouts. They'll get results without leaving you completely drenched!
2. Make a simple swap. It can be hard to stick to a healthy diet, especially if you're operating within a tight budget. But even a change as simple as drinking more water, having a handful of almonds, or sitting down specifically when you drink alcohol at a party can all pay off in big ways. If weight loss is your goal, check out these 15 small expert-approved diet tips.
3. Skip the energy drinks. Lots of late nights? Feeling like you're running yourself ragged? We've all been there! Pass over the candy bar or even the coffee when you need an instant boost and try these expert tips to revitalize yourself instantly instead.
4. Put yourself on snooze control. Make it a priority to get more zzzz! Most adults don't nearly enough sleep, and that's bad: A lack of sleep has been linked to everything from an increased risk of diabetes to weight gain to decreased performance at work or school. Conversely, getting at least seven hours of sleep a night can lead to better memory, more energy, an improved immune system, and curbed cravings. Burning the midnight oil? Nosh on one of these healthy snacks before bedtime or try these tips for powering down so that you can relax at night.
5. Give yourself a break. What's your personal goal? Do you want to lose five pounds? Run a mile? Run a marathon? Whatever it is, you're bound to have discouraging days. Just remember that whatever you're doing, you're doing something good for yourself.
Tell us! What are you doing to celebrate National Women's Health and Fitness Day? Let us know in the comments below!