For the Record – The importance of encouraging female fitness

Hanna Lalonde / March 3rd, 2020

Lisa Skidmore says maintaining an active lifestyle helps women feel connected to their bodies.
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International Women’s Day is March 8th and it draws attention to every aspect of the female experience. A study conducted by the American Medical Association from 2018 states that young adults and female adolescents are not meeting optimal levels of daily activity. Fitness and Yoga Instructor Lisa Skidmore says for women and mothers, maintaining an active lifestyle can benefit mental and physical health.  

“There are so many things that being involved and doing exercise and moving the body on a daily basis creates. It creates motiviation, it creates a self-awareness – and a self-awareness not only of the body and physical changes, but of emotional changes. Serotonin is released in the brain, oxycotin is released in the brain…” – Lisa Skidmore, Fitness and Yoga Instructor at YYoga

For women who feel uncomfortable attending the gym or a fitness class, Skidmore suggests bringing a partner or friend and making it a date. Skidmore says it is imperative for females to be present in their body.

“Get out there and just be moving and present… do your best and forget the rest.”- Lisa Skidmore, Fitness and Yoga Instructor at YYoga

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