Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer among women? Not breast cancer as many would think. Unfortunately, heart disease is no stranger to my family. My mother and two of her siblings have had open heart surgery to repair blocked arteries and my grandmother died of congestive heart failure. In order to keep our heart healthy, it is so important for us to be attune to our bodies, what we put into it, and how we use it.
Women today are under an enormous amount of stress. We are working and managing our families. Many women also face the challenge of single motherhood. With all of this stress put upon us, it is no surprise that heart disease is our number one killer.
Have you noticed that we tend to be expert multi-taskers? We can shop for food, talk on our cell phone, tend to our children, and write something down all at the same time. We have this super-hero ability to find time for everyone and everything, except for when it comes to ourselves. Finding time to instill good habits is not only essential to our health, but essential to our family’s health as well. If we don’t take care of ourselves, who will take care of our families?
Here are a few tips to help keep your heart healthy:
1. Find a few extra minutes in the morning to put some healthy snacks in your purse. It could be something as simple as a few carrot sticks, or some nuts and grapes. You could try putting these extra healthy snacks in a separate bag on Sunday evening to take to work for the week.
2. We all know that exercise is important but the common complaint among busy moms is “no time”. Try taking a brisk walk during your lunch break and/or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Give yourself a few extra minutes and park your car farther away from the building at work. These are little things you can do to get your blood pumping.
3. Be held accountable. Let people know that you are serious about your health. Include them in your commitment to good health and wellness and have them hold you accountable.
Don’t wait. Put taking care of your heart on your list of things to do today!
Do you ever take the stairs at work or do you opt for the elevator? I’d love to know. Leave your comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?