How many times have you been encouraged to “put a little heart in it”? Perhaps it was work, a project, a relationship… The intention is clear: everything’s better with care and love, and a little heart.
The heart is a symbol of love and life – and a central part of health and well-being. We are focusing on heart health and in particular women’s heart health this month. Why the need for a month long focus? Cardiovascular disease is the LEADING KILLER of women in the US. By a lot.
So if the heart is the symbol of love and life because it is at the center of things, let’s show it some loving kindness! A well cared for heart leads to a lifetime of good health and fewer medical emergencies. What what can you do to care for your heart? It’s a lot easier than you think.
According to a recent study in the medical journal Circulation, women who exercise just a few times a week have a reduced risk of a multitude of cardiovascular illnesses, from blood clots to stroke to heart disease. How little for improved risk? Women who reported moderate exercise two to three times a week had a 20% reduction in cardiovascular diseases.
Regular, moderate exercise changes the risk significantly. We know there are lots of other risk factors. But what great news that keeping active and focusing on getting your heart rate up with exercise two or three days a week can make a difference! Walking, housework, gardening – they all count. Every step you take – even the littlest ones – can make a huge difference.
So go for a walk, and put a little heart into it.