Mother’s Day kicked off National Women’s Health Week, which was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office with the purpose of inspiring women to make their health a priority.

Historically, women have been the caretakers in our society and with the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care practitioners have expressed their concerns for women who may have neglected their own physical and mental health over the past year.

The website, womenshealth.gov has a ton of useful information but I also decided to reach out to a couple of super women in our community to share their tips and suggestions for those on the health and fitness journey.

Jim McCormick is the owner of Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness Center.

Risa Stewart, owner and trainer of Club Performax in Melbourne, suggests that if you’re currently sedentary, to just start moving.

Moving can be as simple as going for walks in the neighborhood. Walking through your neighborhood is a great way to meet your neighbors and explore your local businesses and parks.

Plus, an hour walk can burn a few hundred calories as well as help with weight management.