February for a Healthy Heart!

February is the month for hearts, and not just of the Valentine variety.  Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer.  In fact, something that is so easily preventable through exercise and nutrition is our #1 killer, a sedentary lifestyle being the main risk factor.

As busy and tired mothers, it is often difficult to find time to devote to an exercise program and proper nutrition each day, but it is so vital in order to reduce our risk.  We only have this one life and this one heart, and it can be so fragile.  So let’s make an effort everyday to take action – we owe it to ourselves and to our families.  And as an added bonus, it teaches our children to take care of their bodies as well.

For a healthy heart, you should aim for 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 to 4 times per week.  However, if you can only do 10 minutes, it’s better than nothing at all.  (I know you can find 10 minutes to spare each day.)  Even 10 minutes 3 times a day is awesome, and it doesn’t have to be on a dreaded treadmill.  It doesn’t even have to look like or feel like real exercise to be beneficial.  Make it fun.  Recruit a friend and train for a fun race, walk to the store, or exercise with your kids – chase them around in the backyard, jump on the trampoline together or go for a nature walk.

Besides a healthier heart, regular exercise can:

  • Improve your mood
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Strengthen your bones
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve muscle tone, balance and flexibility
  • Improve circulation
  • Boost energy
  • Improve your sleep quality
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase your fitness
  • Reduce body fat and improve your appearance (skin included)

And don’t forget to drink plenty of water, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and cut down on processed and junk foods.

Always consult a physician prior to starting a new exercise program.

Comments

  1. 1
    Wendy T says:

    I know this is a bit off topic, but I love that picture.

    I’d love to have it painted on the kitchen wall and then use the colors in it for the kitchen decor.

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    Rebekah Kuczenski says:

    Thanks for some helpful tips on how to live a healthier life, I know as a busy mom it is sometimes a lot easier to split my exercise up through out the day rather than trying to do it all at once!

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    Marcie W. says:

    Fitness is so very important for so many reasons! Heart health is just a wonderful example.

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    Daily Woman says:

    This is so true, our family has a history of heart problems which makes it doubly important. It is however very hard to find time to exercise. My plan is this spring to at least get a walk in twice a week.

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    Jennifer Young says:

    Thank you for this post. It is a very important thing to remember! I have always been thin, but not always gotten the recommended amount of exercise or eaten as healthy as I would have liked. I am trying to make improvements in these areas, thanks for giving me even more inspiration!!

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