This is the perfect time to think about hearts. The heart has been the symbol for Valentine’s Day that you can find on cards, candies and even flowers. The heart is also the focus during the month of February as this is American Heart Month. Did you know that according to the CDC about 715,000 Americans will have a heart attack, making heart disease the leading cause of death in men and women in this country. It is shocking that we still have these huge statistics when how to live a more healthy lifestyle is shown on television, newspapers, magazines and online.
Doesn’t the risk of heart attack and stroke scare you?
It definitely made an impact on The Million Hearts™ initiative which seeks to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by the end of 2017. We can all do our part in making healthy choices, like quit smoking for gosh darn sakes. Thankfully, CVS drug stores are stepping up to the plate and will stop selling the cancer sticks. Stop driving through fast food lines for meals, you must know by now that the sodium content in that stuff is through the roof. Start moving, just like the doctor says. So many have turned into slouchy, sluggish, seated overweight blobs that wander from chair to chair. Did you see the movie Wall-E?
The best way I know to get your heart in better shape is to keep in mind your heart is a muscle. Muscles need to be worked and the best way I know to work my heart is to exercise. Start by walking. Walk after dinner, walk during lunch, take the stairs, go dancing, ride a bike, jump rope or swim. Anything that you can do for a period of time from 5 to 50 minutes minutes using the large muscles in your body in a rhythmic fashion. That’s it. Now let’s all put a little more movement into our lives and start reducing these statistics.