National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Dr. Stephanie Vampola

Early mornings, feet pounding, heart racing, my book playing in my headphones. This is what gets me through every day. I am an avid runner and actually enjoy doing it daily. When I was in 4th grade, I learned that you could get a Presidential Award for running the mile at a certain speed. This is where my love of running began.

I trained for the mile run and received my award. I then participated in Varsity cross country and track through middle school and high school, and continued to love running. My coach told me that running was a lifetime sport. After countless 5K’s, several half marathons and even a marathon, I would say that he was correct. I love being fit and having the endurance to just run a half marathon if I feel like it. Every run is not fast, but the “runner’s high,” so to speak, is real. I think fitness in everyone’s life is very important, and that’s not just the doctor in me talking.

Without my morning runs, I would be cranky, have no energy and most likely would lead into unhealthy eating. But with running, I want to eat healthy. I want to make good choices throughout my day. I want to close all of my rings on my Apple Watch every day. My motivation comes from feeling good when I take care of myself.

So get out and walk, run, bike, pilates, yoga, or whatever makes your heart happy, and move your body! You don’t have to love running like me, but you should find something that gets you motivated to take care of yourself. It’s never too late to start!

Happy National Women’s Health and Fitness Day!