Fitness for Women’s Health

Fitness for Women’s Health

by | July 18th, 2017

Get moving, ladies! Why our ObGyns care about fitness for women’s health

Fitness for Women’s HealthAt your annual wellness appointment, in addition to your reproductive health, our Austin ObGyns will discuss fitness for women’s health and the many benefits it offers for you.

A program of fitness for women’s health

We want you to understand why we say fitness for women’s health is so important. When you commit to a program of fitness, you will benefit in many ways:

  • More energy
  • Stronger muscles
  • Greater flexibility
  • Better weight control
  • Stronger bones
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Relief from anxiety, stress and depression
  • Lowered risk for Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol levels, breast, colon and other cancers

Aerobic activity combined with strength training offers the most benefits

A program of fitness for women’s health begins with aerobic exercise and strength or resistance training. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer three different combinations of aerobic activity to pursue each week:

  • 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise -OR-
  • 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise -OR-
  • A mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobics equivalent to the options above

Moderate activities such as brisk walking, bike riding, mowing the lawn, water aerobics, etc. Vigorous activity includes running, jogging, basketball, singles tennis, swimming laps, etc. The total number of minutes of exercise per week can be completed in 10- or 15-minute increments—it doesn’t have to happen all at once.

A fitness program must also include two or more days of activities that provide strength training, such as: exercises using weights or resistance bands; yoga; push-ups; and exercises in which your own body creates the resistance.

Why we care about your BMI, or body mass index

Our Austin ObGyns know that you may dread the moment you have to step on the scale, but your weight is another important component of fitness for women’s health. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight, and over 30 is considered obese. If you’re overweight or obese, it puts you at higher risk for many health problems, including high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, cardiac disease, osteoarthritis and other conditions.

Our Austin obgyns care about fitness for women’s health because it’s an important part of keeping you as healthy as you can be. Contact us for an appointment.

| Women Partners in Health


Five board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologists, a certified Nurse Midwife, a Nurse Practitioner offering women's health care services. (Austin, TX)

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