Seeing as February is National Heart Month, I have decided to support the “Take Charge” initiative, after being contacted about it by the Bankers Healthcare Group. A statistic that particularly struck me was the 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.
It seems absurd that in today’s society, with so much information so readily available, that there is still so little education and knowledge around heart disease. There are some causes outlined below, which are really just habits that a large portion of society have become used to. Habits are essentially just actions repeatedly performed over time that eventually become second nature. The important thing to remember here is that habits can in fact be un-learned, just as they were once originally learned.
Personally, I do not actively do anything to prevent heart disease, but it is one of the many benefits of living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.There are so many simple everyday changes that you can make, without having to overhaul your entire way of living.
I personally go to the gym around 4-6 times per week and do a variety of workouts including pilates, spinning, HIIT, body weight training, boxing and weight training. This is because fitness is something I’m passionate about and I genuinely love moving my body everyday.
A lot of people think that they don’t have time to exercise, but I like the quote “try saying it’s not a priority, instead of I don’t have time for that and see how that feels”. Often if I have plans in the evening, I’ll get up at 6am to workout before work. Whilst this is tough in the winter when its cold and dark and motivation is low, think about how much better you’re going to feel once you’ve worked out and its only 7am and you have the whole day ahead of you.
Another great thing about incorporating fitness into your everyday life is that it means you’re more tired in the evening and therefore go to bed earlier and sleep better. This means you naturally will wake earlier as well, creating a positive cycle.
In terms of food choices, I will to prepare most of meals at home and bring them to work. I usually get to work and go straight to the fridge to store my packed lunch and two snacks. Not only will this save you money, but it also means you know exactly what you’re putting into your body. Willpower is like a muscle, in that it gets worn down over time and throughout the day. Therefore, if you bring your lunch to school/work, you don’t have to battle your willpower everyday to go for the healthy option in the canteen when everyone around you is enjoying their burgers.
I hope you liked this post, as its a little different to what I usually do. Please feel free to share this as you wish and help spread the message.