March 8th marks International Women’s Day, and there is no better time to celebrate women all over the globe. In light of the holiday, Orbit celebrates women and encourages them to take control over their overall fitness. Women who take charge of their health often see immediate changes in the way that they feel and act. Here are the top five ways that women can feel empowered this International Women’s Day and beyond.
1. Eat healthier
Women all over the world have made consistent strides in an effort to shed pounds. New Year’s Resolutions and trendy diets can get lost in the daily shuffle, but eating healthier can be an easier way to gain control and awareness of the things you consume. Simple adjustments like switching from soda to sparkling water can help tremendously reduce your daily sugar intake. Meal prepping is also a plus and preparing pre- and post-workout snacks can help you add moments back to your day.
2. Start a fitness challenge
Fitness challenges are the perfect way to gain confidence as you conquer new challenges. A good way to begin this process would be to acquire some interest from your co-workers, family and friends. Starting a fitness challenge with co-workers may be the easiest route because you see and interact with them daily. Launching an initiative in a workplace is an empowering duty and will inspire those around you as you lead them toward a healthy lifestyle.
When a group of like-minded women gather in one room for a common goal, health and fitness will not be the only achievement. New business ideas may spark, new friendships may form, and a new challenge will be conquered.
For your fitness challenge, determine a health goal you want to achieve and then recruit from there, or create a survey that lists problems that are trendy or may serve others’ interests and then choose from there. Once your group has selected a fitness challenge they wish to strive toward, track their progress via social media and come up with your hashtag to track the trend. After your fitness challenge, snag an accountability partner to keep the momentum going.
3. Set up a workout area in your home
Due to positive, upward movement in the workforce, women are being promoted and the workload is increasing. This change in roles and responsibilities at work leave for less time to hit the gym. Setting up a workout station at home will give you the freedom to exercise whenever you want. Workout tools like the trampoline and agility ladder are exciting units to use indoors and outdoors to spice up your daily workout routine.
4. Practice mindfulness
With any promotion at work or increase of expectations set by yourself, you can expect a certain level of anxiety and stress. Practising mindfulness will empower women and all individuals with the ability to respond thoughtfully, think clearly and become better problem solvers. A great way to practice mindfulness can be through meditation and yoga. These disciplines allow time for you to thank yourself, live in the moment and reflect on your day. These practices not only help strengthen your mind but, if done consistently, can make your body a powerhouse. Grab a yoga mat and head outside or stay in to begin practising yoga or meditation. Remember to trust the process and stay consistent to see results.
5. Plan a fundraising event
Fundraising is a great way to show your support for any women-run not-for-profit organisation or women initiative. These types of events can be fun, informative and engaging, especially when health-focused. Before planning your fundraising function, decide on which organisation/initiative/cause you want to raise funds for. Secondly, recruit a few individuals to help you manage your event. Health-focused fundraisers are always a blast because you can utilise your connections to make for a budget-friendly event. Ask your personal trainers, yoga buddies and health-conscious friends to participate in your event. They can serve as your instructors to get your attendees moving and engaged during your event.
Running or walking fundraisers are always a go-to, especially during the end of summer and beginning of fall. They are simple to organise and won’t require a large budget to plan. There are tons of fundraising ideas to choose from and deciding on one will depend on the type of fundraiser you wish to throw.
Empowerment is an experience that is developed over time under the right conditions. Take this time to get ramped up for this coming International Women’s Day and take charge of your overall health.
Article by Benny Ku