Good Things Come From Strong, Confident, Empowered Women
September 30, 2020
Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day! While the pandemic may make it difficult to prioritize your health, exercising may be the perfect escape.
Former UO Distance Runner, Megan Patrignelli says fitness is her life. She hopes to inspire others, now more than ever, to prioritize it.
“Everything is crazy. Working on my fitness is the only thing that is constant and it gives me a purpose every day,” she says. “Even if it is only a 10-minute workout. It is something that is on my calendar and I know it’s not going to change.”
It’s known that the stresses of the pandemic take a toll on the body and mind. For Patrignelli, fitness gives her three things to keep her going.
“Confidence, empowerment, and mental health have been the biggest benefits for me in working out, especially in these last several months,” she adds.
“I hope all women can experience this sense of self-growth by focusing on their own fitness and health because good things come from strong, confident, empowered women!”
For the benefit of our community, Civic Park has opened its doors. Civic is following state regulations for continual workout practices, sessions, classes, and rehearsals while social distancing. Barre3 has booked out rentals to keep its members safe and active!
“The space is LARGE so it is very easy to socially distance. I appreciate that the entire area is fenced and I wanted to help support this awesome new community resource,” says Jessica Neely, owner of Barre3 Eugene. “There is so much opportunity to use this space for community gatherings, especially during this time of distancing and outdoors being so important.”
It might take time to figure out the routine that works for you. Walking around the block with your kids, running around your neighborhood, or biking through town are small things you can do to stay active with your family.
“Even if it is just 10 minutes, that’s 10 minutes more than zero minutes. That is still great!” says Patrignelli.
Finding time and motivation can be challenging but the post-workout high and sense of accomplishment makes it worth it.
“I hope all women can experience this sense of self-growth by focusing on their own fitness and health because good things come from strong, confident, empowered women!” Patrignelli adds.
For a list of resources to assist women in improving their health while social distancing click here.