Making changes to your diet and exercise is hard. Very hard! In fact, if you read most articles about this topic you’ll come away thinking you need to go an extreme diet, exercise for an hour or more a day, and give up everything you currently enjoy. That’s not going to be this article. Instead, I am looking at heart attack and stroke prevention advice from a practical standpoint. I want to share with you small changes that motivate you, not scare you, and can be added to your daily routine.
Not only do the tips below include small daily changes, but you can even start by just picking one of them to make over the next few weeks. You probably inherited many of your risks for a stroke or heart attack or built them up over many years, so don’t feel the need to rush to make extreme changes quickly. Make small changes to achieve big goals.
You had every intention of working out today, but, for some (and often various) reason you just can’t quite motivate yourself to actually do it. You feel low energy, you have a long list of procrastinations, or you go down a YouTube rabbit hole of videos instead. The time goes by quickly, you don’t work out, and then you feel your self-esteem drops and wonder if you should just quit anyway.
Honestly, every month should be stroke awareness month, but I know there are many months, weeks, and days of the year where you’re asked to be mindful of some worthy cause or another. It can be a little overwhelming.
Hopefully, this quick video makes it easier, and F.A.S.T.er for you to learn how to spot the signs of a stroke–and potentially save someone from disability or death.
It has been almost one year since I started running. When I first started I would have to mix in walking, simply because I didn’t have the technique, training, or stamina to run non-stop. Over time, I built up my experience to the point that I could run without walking.
At the beginning of all the “Stay at Home” orders the above headline would probably raise an eyebrow. Now that we’re on our second month of trying to keep our sanity while being stuck at home, hopefully, it raises a Grinch-like smile.
I know it can be difficult to find a way to keep your muscles toned if you can’t get to the gym or you don’t have the budget to buy exercise equipment for your home. Fortunately, you don’t need anything more than a couple of cartons of soup…and a good sense of humor. 😉
These three different wall sit progressions will give your core, legs, shoulder, chest, and arms a great workout. If you do have some dumbbells you can bump up the weight with them or just look around your home for something else you can use.
I’m at that age where I feel like I still have some of the fearless fire I had when I was riding in my twenties, but also know my body has gone through a lot and that I need to be a little more cautious. That raised multiple questions when I decided to get back into biking.
Road biking? I used to enjoy that a lot and would often cycle 25+ miles on country and city roads. These days? Whether drivers have gotten worse or I have just become more nervous, I like to stick to quiet neighborhood roads when biking.
Mountain biking? As a kid, I had BMX and mountain bikes. Wheelies, jumps, bunny-hops. I loved them all. I’m now no longer brave enough to tackle downhill rock-gardens or super fast berms.
Hybrid biking? I did once own a hybrid/commuter bike, but it was kind of like vanilla ice cream. Even when I added some sprinkles, I was still bored riding it.
Even if you’re not quarantined for having the COVID-19 virus, you are likely being politely, yet firmly, asked to stay at home as much as possible. While I could talk to you about how important physical activity is for your heart health, this is also the time to talk about the importance of taking care of your mental health.