Raise Heart Health Awareness
Over the holidays, I became a real slacker on my workouts. The first time I missed going to the gym, I was too busy. Then, I’m too tired. Usually, I’m just too hungry, so I tell myself I’ll go later after dinner. Of course, that never happens. It seems the more times you blow it off, the harder it is to get back in there.
But on February first, I turned a new cheek. I went to the gym for a 45-minute workout on the treadmill. I felt great. I had more energy, slept better. Some people say it’s psychological but I don’t care, it keeps me going. Just like not going to the gym, once you do go, you get the bug to go again.
Getting back to the gym couldn’t have happened during a better month. February is National Heart Month. President George W. Bush proclaimed February as American Heart Month to pay tribute to the researchers, physicians, and other health public education. On Friday, February 2nd, people can show their support by wearing red. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement that celebrates women banding together to wipe out heart disease. Thanks to the participation of millions of people, the color red and the red dress have become linked to the ability all women have to improve their heart health.
According to the American Heart Association, only 13 percent of women view heart disease as a health threat, even though it’s women’s number one killer. Cardiovascular disease kills more than 480,000 women each year, about one per minute. Coronary heart disease is the number one killer of women over age 25. Sixty-four percent of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to keep your heart health in check.
Only you can love your heart. Here are some risk factors for heart disease that you can control. High blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, exercise, weight and diabetes can all be controlled. There are other risk factors that include your age, race and heredity. So, check with your doctor about those.
Stroke is the number three cause of death for American women and is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. It’s also important to know the symptoms of stroke. Those include sudden feeling of weakness in one arm, can’t see out of one eye, hard time walking, feeling dizzy and a severe headache.
So go red not only on February 2nd, but every day of your life. You can go red in your own way by finding a personal way to love your heart, visit your doctor for a checkup, eat healthier foods, exercise more, or simply wear the color red in support of your heart.
Published On: February 05, 2007