We are celebrating all month long!
February is for lovers. We love our spouse, significant other, our families, our friends, our pets…and this month we are turning that love inwards, to ourselves.
That’s right. In the words of Justin Beiber, “baby you should go and love yourself”
OK, so the song is about something totally different, but you get where I’m going with this.
February is American Heart Month. I know this page is all about an optimistic outlook, but before we get amped up on encouragement, let’s review the facts on why it’s SO important to take care of your cardiovascular system:
- 1 in 3 adults are currently living with some sort of heart disease (cdc.gov). 1 in 3! My extended family is made up of 27 people. That means 9 people have/will have some sort of heart disease. What about your family?
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men AND women in the US (cdc.gov). Not cancer, not car accidents, not COPD. It’s mind boggling that our country is killing itself. Heart disease can and should be prevented. Raise your hand if you agree.
- It’s statistically shown that the majority of heart attacks occur on Monday mornings (AHA). (BOO!). My guess for this is stress – so we’ll talk about stress relief this month too
I can only handle 3 bullet points of negativity before jumping in. The best news about Heart Disease?
One word: PREVENTION
All month long we are going to be talking about prevention. What can you do? You will be surprised how little changes in your daily life will add up to great heart health. Start today by taking one of these topics a little more seriously:
- Eat heart healthy foods
- Be more active
- Drink less alcohol
- Stop smoking
- Manage your blood pressure
- Weight management
- Reduce stress
Education plays a huge part in prevention. That is where I come in. We will review what your blood says about your heart health, ways to decrease your blood pressure and so much more.
I can’t let you leave this post without a little motivation. Today I challenge you to stand more. That’s it. Just stand.
Stand during a meeting, during a phone call, watching the game. Stand while in a waiting room, while visiting with friends or while folding laundry. Even if it is just 5 minutes of extra standing a day, it will make a difference.
Did you know?
- Standing decreases weight, blood pressure, blood sugar
- Standing increases muscle, flexibility and mobility
So today, get off that booty and stand. Do it for your significant other, your kids, your family, your friends, your pets…but most importantly, do it for YOURSELF!