Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

I May Not Have Rhythm but I Have a Healthy Heart

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Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death for women over the age of twenty?  According to the American Heart Association, one woman dies every minute from heart disease!  That is a crazy statistic, especially when you consider there are steps you can take to get your heart healthy now…

1.  Get active
2.  Control your cholesterol
3.  Eat better
4.  Manage your blood pressure
5.  Lose weight
6.  Reduce blood sugar
7.  Stop smoking

For the past fourteen days I’ve been participating in the 21 Day Activity Challenge that my friend, Sarah, is hosting on Facebook.  Mostly, I’ve been sticking to a walking routine that I found online but today I decided to do something a little different, I decided to dance.

A few months back I purchased a DVD by The Firm called Cardio Dance Express with the hopes that I’d be slim and trim by the time summer came around.  I used the DVD a couple of times and then put it away to be forgotten with the myriad of other loose my jiggly parts stuff that I’ve collected over the last few years.  Anyway, this morning I decided to bust out the video and shake my groove thang.

Well, I discovered several things:

  1. I’m very uncoordinated
  2. I don’t have a bit of rhythm
  3. Dancing is hard work

The routine, led by Allison and her salsa dancing box stepping high kicking gang, was at times difficult, fun and exhausting.  I had body parts flying all over the place.  It wasn’t pretty, y’all, but it was just what I needed to get the old heart pumping.  By the time I had worked my way through the 45 minute routine, I was sweating, panting and desperate for some water.  But I felt good.

The cover of the DVD guarantees “Visible Results in 10 Workouts”.  Well, I don’t know about all that but I can guarantee that you’ll feel better in one workout!  Even if you’re uncoordinated like I am, just moving for 30 minutes a day can help to improve your heart health.  No, you don’t have to be a dancer, you can make up your own moves, just get up and do something!

What are you doing to make your heart healthier?

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, I just wanted to talk about what I’m using to get my heart healthy.

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