How many times do you say “¡Cuídate, Mujer!” to your amigas and comadres?
How many times do you hear them say it to you? I hear it a lot. My comadre, Liz, almost always ends our phone calls with, “¡Cuídate, Mujer!”
Self-Care, or at least talking about self-care, is definitely trending right now. And that’s a good thing, Comadres.
How are you doing when it comes to self-care? Latinas are famosas for putting everyone else first. We put ourselves last. Siempre estamos cuidando a somebody else.
At De Las Mías, we are all about inspiring you to take good care of you.
In the days of our mothers and grandmothers, when you heard some Chismosa say “ La Fulana se cuida muy bien,” it meant she had her hair and nails done. “Se cuida bien,” meant she took care of her looks and wore a girdle. Maybe she went out and bought herself new shoes or an outfit.
For us, self-care means much more than a mani-pedi. It means genuinely taking care of your mind, body, and soul.
What I’m talking about today, though, is for you to think about self-care in the context of taking care of your body.
Right now, take a moment and ask yourself, “How do I take care of my body?”
Make a list.
Does moving your body get on that list?
If you are like most Latinas, even if you know that moving that cuerpazo of yours is key to self-care, you probably don’t do it. No tienes tiempo, ni ganas. But because we want you healthy and poderosa, we want you to stop and think about taking care of your body as a vitally important part of being a healthy Super Mujer!
Here are some research-based facts to consider:
Here’s the good news: Research shows that Latinas who know others who exercise are much more likely to exercise themselves. ¡Así que dale gas, Mujer! And start hanging out with those ladies who go for walks, or Zumba, or to the gym, or dance in front of the mirror when no one is watching!
If you are using our Healthy Lifestyle Checklist, you will see that “Move for 30 minutes” is right there on the list for you to check off every day.
Move for 30 minutes a day. It is one of the healthiest habits you can practice. And it doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some simple ideas:
Research proves that the benefits of physical activity are great:
Sources: Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services