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National Wear Red Day: 3 Ways Women Can Combat Heart Disease


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Happy Friday, ladies!

If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red — and it’s not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice!

Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign.

According to the AMA:

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease — starting TODAY — even if you’re new to the game!

1. Educate Yourself

Talking with your doctor is great (and highly encouraged!), but today’s technology provides NO excuses for not educating yourself about heart disease. Try these sites to get started:

2. Move Your Body (and Mind!)

Who cares if you’re a newbie to mental and physical fitness? TODAY’S the day to get started!

Here are some super simple ways you can start taking care of your heart today:

  • Take a Walk: This could be as simple as walking to work or, if that’s not possible, getting in some extra time on the treadmill. While you’re at it, climb the stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator.
  • Meditate: After a long day of work or family life, take a few minutes to yourself to de-stress. Find any quiet spot where you can be alone (I’m thinking it’s candles and bubblebath time!) and unwind. Clear your mind and let the junk from the day melt away. You might even find a station on Pandora or Spotify dedicated solely to meditation music.
  • Practice Yoga: You don’t have to attend a yoga class to get your Om on. Browse websites like Yoga Journal for free yoga videos on how to get started with yoga.
  • Cardio! Everyone knows cardio is GREAT for heart health. As mentioned above, walking is a good way to get started, but if you’re up to it, try going for a jog or run. Not options? Dust off those aerobic workout videos or, if we’re talking extra baby steps here, order some like this Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown video that I still swear by.
  • Join a Gym: You might not actually workout today, but joining a gym is the first step to getting out of the house and getting active; plus, many gyms offer classes that teach you all about mediation, yoga, cardio training, and more — in one fell swoop. (Feel a little anxious about getting a gym membership? Check out my post on overcoming the panic and anxiety of joining a gym.)

3. Clean Up Your Diet

It’s time to cut the crap and clean up your diets, ladies!

Below are just a few resources for finding the best (and tastiest) heart-healthy foods out there:

Now, how about YOU? What are YOU going to start doing (or KEEP doing) TODAY to get your heart in shape?

National Wear Red Day: 3 Ways Women Can Combat Heart Disease


Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of WritingSpark.com, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."


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Sparks, A. (2019). National Wear Red Day: 3 Ways Women Can Combat Heart Disease. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2015/02/national-wear-red-day-3-ways-women-can-combat-heart-disease/

 

Last updated: 31 Mar 2019
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