We all can agree that we’ve seen our share of ups and downs throughout 2020.

It’s been quite the roller coaster ride that has wreaked havoc on our physical and mental health.

Thankfully, September 30th is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. It’s a reminder for you to slow down to focus on making your health a top priority.

Are you stuck on how to take control of your health?

Don’t worry! We’re sharing 5 ways you can renew your physical and mental health right now.

1. Get into the Fitness Groove

It’s understandable if you’ve felt a slump in your fitness routine this year.

However, it’s not ok.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 25% of women in the U.S are not active.

Let’s change this!

We suggest finding a routine that works for you. This routine can sometimes be an at-home workout, morning or evening run. Whether you prefer an at-home workout or morning run, stick to consistency.

If you’re looking for weight loss results or if you simply want to feel better, consistency matters.

According to Healthline, regular exercise helps in preventing heart disease. Additionally, moving your body contributes to better skin, increased energy levels, and better sleep.

Who doesn’t need all of these?

2. Reach for Healthier Foods

It’s easier said than done, but instead of grabbing your favorite bag of chips or ice cream, reach for healthier options.

Do a little research to find healthier versions of your favorite meals. Each week, challenge yourself to try a new healthy meal. You’ll be surprised at how your tastebuds will adapt to your healthier choices.

3. Increase Hydration

Believe it or not, water is your best friend.

Our bodies are made up of 60% water. It’s only right that we consume enough at least a half-gallon of water each day.

Drinking enough water throughout the day, not only helps with hydration, but it’s also essential for weight loss, a clear mind, and healthy skin.

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

– Loren Eiseley⁠

By the way, don’t neglect your water intake during the fall and winter months. These months are just as critical as the summer.

4. Get Enough Zzz’s

We know just how tempting it is to get caught up in the latest Netflix series, but you must find the discipline to wind down for an adequate amount of sleep.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should say no to alcohol, caffeine, or big meals before trying to fall asleep.

You’ll feel renewed and refreshed to take on the day.

5. Make Room for Self-Care

You’re not alone if you’ve seen changes in your mental health this year.

It’s just one reason why intentionally scheduling in self-care on your calendar should be a priority. This could be as simple as yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, long walks in your neighborhood, unplugging from social media, or journaling.

You can find more tips in our blog post “Preserving Mental Health While in Quarantine.”

The key with self-care is to take a step back to focus on physical or mental areas that need extra tender, love, and care.

Are these tips helpful for you?

We’d love to know.

Keep the conversation going in the comments with your thoughts about how you plan to level up your health and fitness.

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