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Expert tasks women on physical, mental health

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Cross section of women dancing during the Lagos Women Dance… recently

In order to remain fit mentally and physically, Nigerian women have been advised not to bottle up worries and stress, but engage in relaxing activities and give themselves some time off to refresh and bounce back to good health.

Chief Executive Officer, Jela Project Limited, Angela Tony Iji gave this advice at the second edition of Lagos Women Dance 02, held in Lagos recently.

The programme, an initiative of the Seed Rehabilitation Foundation, which has ‘Stress Out’ as its sub theme, is aimed at encouraging women to engage in fitness exercises as a way of improving their health. It was organised to celebrate Women’s month. According to her, women unlike men are like machines that work round the clock, tending to work, family, business and marital obligations and often forgetting to take care of their physical, psychological and social needs. She said in the process of carrying out these activities, women tend to sacrifice themselves and mortgage their health.

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“That is what brought about the Lagos Women Dance, which is a dance exercise/work-out activity, a form of sport that seeks to address the lacuna in women’s lives. I am trying to preach to other women that they need self love, they need to relieve and unleash accumulated stress over time,” she said.

Iji said they have some other activities lined up like the Lagos women boat cruise, Lagos women conference, Lagos women sing, Naija women sing and so many other women related focused activities to keep women busy and help them unwind, love themselves, network and talk business, among others.

At the event, culture ambassador, Muyiwa Osinaike, while encouraging women to key into the activities, observed that men stress their wives a lot at home and often make them play second fiddle because they pay the bills while equally overburdening them with chores. He said women also crave release, an outlet and relaxation to burn off steam and rejuvenate their energy levels. Oshinaike stressed that fitness is very important for women noting that these activities help to reset their bodies and promote longevity.

Coordinator, Lagos Women Dance, Juliet Vincent Obi, said in the next five years, the programme will not be confined to Lagos only but be held in other cities, because people in other states are interested in partaking in it.

At the event, the women were taken through various dance routines and exercises by fitness and wellness consultant, Hadiza Mukhtar; wellness coach, Nkem Ajudua and CEO of Aerobics and Beauty Spa, Beauty Musa.

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