Have a Healthy Heart
The doctor comes into the waiting room, introduces himself and after the typical medical mumbo jumbo he says “…and she’s having a heart attack.” I didn’t even know how to react. Lori is my best friend, she’s only 45 years old and this cannot be happening.
A few days earlier Lori said she was having some chest discomfort but my co-workers and I told her it was just nerves due to her impending back surgery. You see, Lori had been having some pretty debilitating back pain that did not respond to therapy or medication and surgery was her last resort.
The nurse came in to check Lori’s blood pressure, temperature, listen to her chest, asked a bunch of questions then left. A few minutes later the same nurse came back with another and this is where it got strange. They explained that Lori would need to go the emergency room (ER) to check things out prior to the surgery. They were so calm that neither Lori, her mom nor I thought anything was amiss, that is until we arrived at the ER.
A team of doctors and nurses were waiting for us. Lori was taken into a procedure room and her mom and I were directed to a waiting area. We didn’t have to wait long to find out what was happening.
Lori was very fortunate that she was in the midst of her heart attack while awaiting back surgery. With 99 percent blockage in one of the main valves, had she not been at the hospital at that exact moment for medical intervention, the odds would not have been favorable. The doctors were able to place a stint in the faulty valve and today she is completely healthy.
Earlier this week, I made a pledge to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise and take better care of myself. Since today is the first day of Heart Healthy Month I’d like to encourage you to do your utmost to live a healthy lifestyle.
In recognition of healthy heart awareness I thought I’d share one of my favorite walking routines and some snazzy sneakers.
Leslie Sansone has awesome Walk At Home programs geared to people at all levels. I subscribe online, download the software to play it on my laptop which I connect to my TV. However you can order her DVD’s and accessories as well. If you’re familiar with Leslie’s walks, for the month of February she has a daily walk plan that you can check out by clicking HERE.
While the February daily walk routine may be a little strenuous, there will be “A Heart Healthy 2 Mile Walk” streaming all month-long on the home page at www.walkathome.com.
Snazzy Sports Sneakers
I went to the experts at (www.runnersworld.com) and found 3 running shoes that I would wear. Following are the descriptions of each by Jeff Dengate, Runner’s World shoes and gear editor:
- New Balance Fresh Foam 980 ($110) – “The Fresh Foam 980, a lightweight yet “plush” trainer from New Balance. The foam midsole features concave and convex hexagons along the sidewall, intended to give structure under the arch while compressing on the outer edge of the heel and alongside the big toe.”
- Pearl Izumi Road N0 ($100) – “The N0, the lowest to the ground of any shoe in Pearl Izumi’s E:Motion line—and its lightest…The heel collar and top eyelet have been brought closer to the ground, so the shoe sits lower on a woman’s foot but still holds the heel in place without any slippage.”
- Patagonia Everlong ($110) – Working closely with its stable of elite ultrarunners, Patagonia developed a shoe that fits like a road model but is durable enough to handle miles over rugged terrain. Postage stamp-sized patches of rubber give just enough grip without weighing down the shoe. The upper features a snug hold through the midfoot, while the forefoot is roomy enough so your toes can spread out. Stack heights are reported to be 24 mm (heel) and 20 (forefoot).
My current running shoes are Asics, but I’m seriously considering something a bit lighter. Since I previously wore Adidas which were very comfortable it’s taken time for me to adjust to the Asics. The bottom line is the importance of a proper fitting shoe, insole and sock to help prevent injuries when walking or running.
In summary, as Leslie Sansone says during her walk programs, if you do nothing more than walk to the beat this will be helpful step in the right direction to a healthy heart. Also, with the bright fluorescent colors of these sneakers you can look good while walking towards a healthier heart.
If you have any questions please post a comment below or you can reach me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful weekend!
“Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.” ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros