Did you know that February is American Heart Month? I want to take the opportunity to bring awareness and encourage women to take care of your heart so that you will continue to have the vitality you need to pursue your God-inspired dreams
One of the greatest challenges women face in pursuing their God-inspired dreams is health challenges. A particular issue of great concern for women is heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, ever 80 seconds, cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of at least one woman. The amazing thing is that they also say with eduction and action, 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable.
Besides being a writer and blogger, I am also a nurse for about 20 years now. I have witness the toll it takes on women when their health is challenged. I have also had the opportunity to educate women on ways to decrease risk of heart disease. But, I have also been there with women within hours or days after having a stroke or heart surgery. Many of these women were under the age of 50, with many dreams still unfulfilled.
So, I want to take this opportunity to share with you 4 Tips to Protect Your Heart Health as You Pursue Your Dreams. If you take the steps to care for your heart now, you can decrease your risk for developing heart disease. You may even save your life.
- Physical Activity– aim for 30 min/5 times per week. But, if you are not currently active, just get started… do any form of exercise and make it fun. Walk with a friend or find a local walking trail where you can join in with others. Challenge yourself to a 5 k walk or run, go swimming at your neighborhood YMCA, shoot hoops with your kids, or dance to a upbeat song in your living room. Just get moving.
- Eat Healthier– Low salt, low cholesterol, low-fat dairy, low sugar, increase veggies/fruit, lean meats and fiber-rich whole grains. There are so many fun healthy recipes that can be found on pinterest or U-tube. Do it for the fun and try them out with family and friends. My hubby told me he did not like salmon on 2 occasions, but each time I have cooked it using a creative recipe I found on pinterest, guess who ate the bulk of my salmon.
- See Your Healthcare Provider for Yearly Exams– managing blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and cholesterol are extremely important elements for protecting your heart. However, so many people wait until they are experiencing symptoms or worst even, a stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, or diabetes before seeking out a medical professional. Make this a priority; put this on your immediate to-do list if you have not done so within a year.
- Know Your Risk Factors- As women we often put the needs of others before our own. We often put our children, spouses, and even our job needs before taking care of ourselves. This is especially true for our health needs. I was talking with a friend recently who mentions how she did not particularly like going to the doctor if nothing was wrong. Her fear was that the doctors would probe until they found something wrong. Ladies we can’t hide behind our fear or let them keep us from knowing facts concerning our bodies and our health. Our future, our family, or dreams, and our legacy depends on us overcoming our fears and knowing what our risk are so we can do everything we can to prevent decrease them.
Mindful Living Tip– set an intention to take at least one step from above to decrease your risk of developing heart disease so that you can live a healthy and fulfiling life. Take a moment to check out the resources below.
Go Red For Women: https://www.goredforwomen.org/goredgetfit/