Did you know about every 60 seconds, a woman will die from heart disease? In honor of National Women’s Heart Health Day, we want to bring awareness to women’s heart health and offer 5 tips for better heart health.
Heart disease, by definition, can encompases many different diseases/condtions of the heart and can affect the heart muscle itself or the area surrounding the heart, heart valves, vessels, or arteries.While heart disease seems to be thought of as a disease that mainly affects men, the harsh reality is that it kills just as many women.I think we often make the mistake of thinking that bad things will never happen to us. We see horrible things happening to people on the news and internet and think that that is where it will stay, on the news and on the internet. This could be one of the most dangerous mindsets to have, because believe it or not, heart disease can happen to every single one of us.
Have you ever listened to your own heart beat? It is quite a humbling experience. Listening to your heart beat puts things into perspective. It actually helps to bring back your sense of mortality. Here is this muscle, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to keep you alive. What happens if it stops working? What happens to you?
It makes you look at what you put into your body a little differently and how you treat it.
It’s time to listen up ladies…
- Lose Excess Fat. This seems to be a no brainer, but something that a tremendous amount of people struggle with. It’s not hard, it just takes time and dedication — something that’s becoming a rarity in a world that increasingly wants instant gratification with little to no effort. Join a gym, work out at home or outdoors, lift weights or do resistance training, do more cardio, get your heart rate up, sweat, cut out excess calories. Just tell yourself “YOU WILL DO IT.” After you’ve reached a healthy weight, continue to exercise. It should be a regular part of your life.
- Eat Better. How many times a day do you tell yourself you are going to eat better, and then you don’t? This is another thing that is not hard to do, it just takes dedication. Cut out: saturated & trans fats, fried and fast food, and simple/white carbohydrates & sugars. We’ve got to stop making excuses for ourselves. It’s your hand that is feeding you, so you are the one in control of what goes into your body. Make better choices. Do it for that heart of yours working so hard in your chest. Pumping to keep you alive…
- Get more sleep. Simply put, when we deprive ourselves of sleep, we put stress on our body and on our heart. We all love to sleep, so why not get more of it? You’ll feel more energized and happier during the day, you’ll look better, and you’ll probably have an easier time maintaining the motivation to exercise because you won’t be so tired!
- Remove External Stresses. Get yourself to a point where no matter what, if something is contributing constant and unnecessary stress to your life, get rid of it! Life is too short to spend it unhappy and stressed. Don’t like your job? Quit. Yea Yea, but you need the money, well, find another job. There are plenty of other jobs out there, but staying at one you hate is merely you sacrificing your health for monetary reasons. The difference is, you can get money from somewhere else, you can’t get a new heart. This goes for any thing else causing you stress in your life, toxic friendships/relationships, get rid of them. It’s really as simple as that.
- Kick the habit. This may seem obvious, but drugs, tobacco products, and alcohol put an incredible amount of stress on the body and heart. If you are an excessive drinker, smoker or drug user you have to kick the habit, and soon. Seek help as doing it alone may seem impossible.
For more information on women’s heart health and Women’s Heart Health Day, please visit GoRedforWoemen.org
Peace, Love, & Healthy Hearts…