“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” –Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady
May is Physical Fitness and Sports Month on the NAPW Foundation Calendar.
Physical fitness can be looked at in so many ways, as we have discussed in previous Link newsletters and shared within our Local Chapters over the past months. Last month was Stress Awareness Month. We all understand that physical fitness allows us to keep the stress down, leading to a mentally and physically happier YOU!
Physical fitness will be discussed within our Local Chapters this month, with topics ranging from a balanced healthy diet to regular exercise. As Eleanor Roosevelt so eloquently said… the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
So let’s think outside the box and look at how physical fitness leads to “professional fitness” for women in the workforce:
- Published investigations conclude that individuals with improved levels of fitness are capable of managing stress more effectively than those who are less fit (Hassmen, Koivula & Uutela 2000). The data suggest an inverse relationship: higher physical fitness is associated with lower levels of stress. It appears that the method of exercise that benefits stress reduction the most is cardiovascular exercise.
- According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, female high school athletes are 41% more likely to graduate from college within six years compared to female high school students who did not participate in sports
- A healthy workplace supports an individual’s pursuit of personal and professional excellence. It’s more than just warding off colds and the flu. It’s holistic and takes into account the physical, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, emotional, occupational and mental health of employees. After all, it matters to the employees and it results in productivity.
- Daily exercise enhances mental well-being and promotes healthy musculoskeletal function throughout life. Although habitual physical activity is an attainable goal on the path to a healthier life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than half of US adults do not get more than 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day, five days per week
- Your brain is no different than rest of the muscles in your body—you either use it or you lose it. You utilize the gym to stimulate the growth of muscle cells, just as you use brain exercises to increase connections in your brain. You can actually get an additional brain boost by donning your sneakers and hitting the gym.
Physical fitness enables us to live a healthier and potentially happier life, so make sure to take the time for yourself and include balance and healthy self-management as a part of your daily routine.
Cheers to a healthier you!
National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
NAPW defines success as “owning your own power.” As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is a powerfully vibrant networking community with more than 700,000 members and over 200 Local Chapters. NAPW members have diverse backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives and lifestyles with one common bond – their ability to succeed. NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.