Today’s National Days

Hey ladies (and gents)! Guess what? It’s National No Housework Day! Let’s all say a quick thank you to Thom and Ruth Roy for creating this wonderful day and for encouraging people to “leave it all for tomorrow.” I’m always on the lookout for fun National Days and this one was definitely worth celebrating! As I was researching, I found two other notable “holidays” today worth celebrating: National Walking Day and World Health Day.

First things first - Let’s put down our dish rags, let the vacuum stay in the closet, and keep the laundry in piles – All in honor of this treasured national holiday, No Housework Day! If you can’t stand not cleaning even for a day, call Maid to Serve, LLC for an appointment to clean part or all of your house! You will be so pleased with their quick work, amazing results, and their friendly personalities!

But don’t sit down… Let’s put those walking shoes on and get outside to celebrate National Walking Day! American Heart Association (AHA) created this day in 2007 to encourage people to walk 30 minutes “to get healthier and raise awareness about the importance of being physically active.”

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Grab your family, your roommate, or your co-workers and get outside for a nice walk to stretch the legs, get the heart pumping, and help those creative juices flow. You can also make a health plan for the month that includes daily exercise (walks, aerobics, yoga), healthy meals, and daily water intake. Bonus - The AHA has a webpage that is dedicated to helping you create a Walking Club! Get all the neighbors involved!

(*Listen up employers – studies show that low intensity aerobic exercise such as walking can combat brain fog, stress, the afternoon slump, and depression. It even keeps the blood, glucose and oxygen levels high, which in turns keeps creativity and productivity at peak levels. Encouraging an afternoon walk around the office is not a waste of time. It’s actually a great way to get everyone involved and moving around. In turn, their afternoon will be happier and more productive!)

Our last holiday of the day is World Health Day. The World Health Organization declares April 7 World Health Day and celebrates with different messages each year. This year’s message: “Let’s build a fairer, healthier world for everyone.”

I think we can all agree that our health has been at the top of our priority lists lately. I, for one, am thankful for the good health of myself and my family. I do things to help my body keep living my best life so I can help my family live their best life. I *try* to get enough sleep, I drink my water, and I make my family’s meals with real food (or I order take out from places that cook real food). Incorporating yoga or walking/running is the icing on the cake because it feels good to feel good. Now that the days are longer and the nights are warmer, my family enjoys our evening walks again. I might not be able to change the world, but I can encourage my family members to keep their body healthy.

TL;DR – put down the laundry, grab a buddy, put on your walking shoes, take a fun stroll for at least 30 minutes, make monthly health goals, and advocate for your family’s health.