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:
- Go Red for Women: Again, this is the AMA’s official site for the Go Red for Women campaign. It provides information about knowing your risk for heart disease to ways you can live a healthier lifestyle.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: This National Institutes of Health (NIH) institute focuses on all things heart healthy — including its own The Heart Truth campaign where you can find information on eating healthy and staying physically active, hearing and sharing stories about heart disease on Facebook and Twitter, and even information for healthcare professionals.
- Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease provides Women Heart, a website with a wealth of information about finding support groups, special programs and events with which you can get involved, and other resources like facts and figures, keeping up with research and news, and finding cardiologists and cardio rehabs near you.
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:
- WebMD’s 25 Top Heart-Health Foods.
- HealthFinder.gov’s Heart Healthy Foods: Shopping List.
- American Heart Association’s Health Center.
Now, how about YOU? What are YOU going to start doing (or KEEP doing) TODAY to get your heart in shape?