Time for Workout Wednesday. Last week Angel # 1 came downstairs after doing some reading (when she was supposed to be sleeping). She was all upset because in the book she was reading someone died.
We’ve had a lot of death in recent years in the family. Too much for the little ones. I can’t even mention the word DIE in the house. It freaks both the girls out. Anyhow, in this book one of the main character’s uncle dies from a heart attack.
Angel # 1 wanted to know exactly what a heart attack is and why someone could die from it. Both the Husband and I took this as a great teaching moment not only to explain what exactly it is, but also reiterate the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. We’re also working on the “death” part too – need to teach her that it’s apart of life. I’m not a good example – I hate talking about it too!
Here’s what I can share with you…
Simply put, a heart attack happens when blood flow to your heart (or apart of your heart) is blocked for a long enough time that some of the heart muscle gets damaged or dies.
A hard substance known as plaque (made up of cholesterol and other cells) can build up in the walls of your coronary arteries. A slow build up of this plaque can block your arteries and cause a heart attack. They can occur when you are sleeping, resting, and or dealing with sudden stress (emotional or physical). Sometimes people don’t even realize they are having a heart attack.
Do you want a healthy heart? I’m sure you do – we all do.
Here’s how you get it…
EXERCISE will help to strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system. Improve your circulation to help your body use oxygen more efficiently. Lower your blood pressure. Improve your sleep and will ultimately help to boost your self-image.
DIET also needs to be controlled. Limit carbohydrates, sugar or any sugar food including white flour. Watch your cholesterol levels particularly high LDL cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides. Maintain an ideal body weight.
Most importantly – STOP SMOKING.
Now I didn’t get into the nitty gritty with Angel # 1 about heart attacks, I simply told her that eating healthy and exercising were vital to maintaining a healthy heart.
Be safe, stay healthy and have fun!