Absence of Exercise Makes the Heart Grow Weaker

by Joan Jacobsen | February 22nd, 2012 | Fitness Expert

You are probably familiar with the quote “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” which actually makes sense regarding relationships. At times we do miss our loved ones more when they are not able to be with us. February happens to be American Heart Month, which for me translates into – what are the things that I can do to keep my heart healthy?

Are you mindful of the fact that the number one killer of women is heart disease? According to the American Heart Association, more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. That is an astonishing actuality that we should be aware of and try to remedy. Being active and eating healthy are two proactive options that will help keep our heart pumping and blood flowing.

Do you regularly monitor your blood pressure? For around $40 you can purchase your own machine and keep close tabs on your readings. Do you know what your cholesterol numbers are? A simple blood test will determine if you are at risk for heart related illnesses. Are you physically active on a daily basis? Fifteen to thirty minutes a day of walking will be advantageous to your physical fitness regimen. Are you eating the right foods? Simply adding more fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains will be beneficial to your diet.

Shouldn’t we all have a relationship with physical activity as well as having one with our loved ones? Consider exercise a partner and form a bond with it (even if it’s a love/hate one, so be it). True, more than likely we think of workouts as an evil marriage; however, look ahead at what you will gain in this kinship. Many years of health and happiness will be the result of this wondrous liaison!

The American Heart Association has devised a list of steps that will make a difference in living a heart healthy lifestyle. Known as “Life’s Simple 7” they are as follows:

1. Don’t smoke
2. Maintain a healthy weight
3. Engage in regular physical activity
4. Eat a healthy diet
5. Manage blood pressure
6. Take charge of cholesterol
7. Keep blood sugar, or glucose, at healthy levels

It may be easier said than done with some folks, but look at it this way – by forming an alliance with physical activity and healthy eating, we can look forward to adding years to our lives. I typically write or tell people that I meet to keep healthy and fit. Please for your own benefit fall in love again, but this time with your heart; you only have one, and it has so much to give in return. ♥

  1. lois says:

    Great advice!

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