Red Bank, NJ - What better way to celebrate spring than to get outdoors and be physically active? The National Women's Health Resource Center offers these tips to help women get moving and put some spring into their routines:
- Speak with your health care professional about what types of physical activity are best for you and your health.
- Instead of feeling guilty about what you don't have time for, start feeling good about what it's possible for you to do. Research shows that even short bursts of physical activity improve your health. Adding a little activity can help lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and weight, cut your risk of heart attack and diabetes, and improve how you feel emotionally.
- Make it fun. Find an exercise buddy. There's strength in numbers, the old saying goes, and that's especially true for many women when it comes to exercising. Social support encourages physical activity. Having an exercise buddy (or two) can help you stay motivated.
- Put on a pedometer, a step-counting gadget that clips onto your waistband. Pedometers count the number of steps you take in a day -- the more, the better. Wear a pedometer for a week, recording your daily step count. Try to get 10 percent more steps each week until you can sustain 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day.
"Finding a workout buddy will help keep you motivated to exercise regularly and improve your physical health and emotional well-being," said Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, RN, Executive Director of the National Women's Health Resource Center.
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About the NWHRC
The National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) is the leading independent health information source for women. The non-profit organization develops and distributes up-to-date and objective women's health information based on the latest advances in medical research and practice. NWHRC believes all women should have access to the most trusted and reliable health information. Informed women are healthier women.
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