Today, in communities across the country, women of all ages will celebrate the 17th Annual National Women’s Health & Fitness Day by participating in fitness walks, exercise demonstrations, health fairs and information workshops.
Connecticut Sun athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle recently took a few minutes to offer her thoughts about the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about the importance of physical activity for women?
A. “Establishing a regular routine of physical activity is the foundation of an overall healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise has a beneficial impact on mental health, promotes better sleep, reduces stress and fosters healthier choices throughout the day. All of these are vital factors in keeping our weight under control.”
Q. What do you think are the keys for women to stay healthy?
A. “I would say the number one key to staying healthy is accepting and adopting a new lifestyle. We do not have to be on a diet the rest of our lives. It is more about being educated and making good choices. Do not cut out things you love to eat or drink. Simply eat and or drink in moderation. We must educate ourselves and find what works for each of us as individuals. This will take some time but the outcome will be well worth it.”
Q. What advice would you give women who are looking to improve their physical fitness?
A. “Begin with trying to do some activity every day, especially if you are not accustomed to working out. This may be easier to do with a friend or joining workout groups online. For instance, if you are just starting out as a jogger, there are plenty of running groups you can find online. Working out with buddies provides accountability, increases ambition, promotes social interaction and, if you are like me, increases your competitiveness. All of these are key to keeping us on track and living our best selves.”