The Healthy Heart Lifestyle
Heart Attack will kill six times as many women as breast cancer and is the leading cause of death among men and women. This "silent killer" will take the lives of 2,200 people today even though it is preventable.
The beauty is that with knowledge of warning signs, simple clean living guidelines, and the support of a Vida Health Coach, you can create a healthy lifestyle as your own personal insurance plan against heart disease.
Heart disease is often referred to as a "silent killer" due to the fact that about one-third of the people that have it do not know that they do and early symptoms may be hardly noticeable, or even nonexistent.
71% of women experience early warning signs of heart attack that feel like the flu, often with no chest pain at all. Women will, in fact, often experience upper abdominal pain, upper body pain, nausea and cold sweats whereas men have the more typical chest pain that is associated with heart attack. This makes it that much more important to pay attention to all possible symptoms.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute risk factors (conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease) that we cannot control include age, family history, and a drop in estrogen production. Risk factors that we can control include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes and pre-diabetes, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and/or obesity or being overweight.
The role of diet plays a leading part in your heart healthy plan for life. Enjoy clean eating, whole grains, lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Controlling number of servings and portion sizes is also of a great importance. When dining out take 1/2 to 2/3 of your entree home, start with a green salad with no cheese or croutons and finish with a bowl of fruit for dessert. Limit unhealthy fats, concentrate on nutrient rich foods and avoid sugar and processed foods such as frozen fare, fast food or items with ingredients that you do not recognize or cannot pronounce. Try new recipes and have fun with food.
Vida Health Client, J.P., shares how important she has found the recipes, information and support as she struggled with her emotions of almost losing her father, overwhelm at conflicting health information found on the internet and the knowledge that at 40 years old she was well on her way to a heart attack of her own.
"When I started working with my coach my dad had just had a heart attack and I was so worried that I was next, Now I am down 30 pounds and I love quinoa. I never even heard of that before!"
While women's hearts respond better than men's to healthy lifestyle changes, it is equally important for both to take action before it is too late. Regular exercise is a key factor. The minimum should be 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days. This includes cycling, hiking, rowing, and more. Strength training, stretching and yoga have also shown heart benefits. In all of these cases, a good exercise session is a great stress reliever which is another important thing to watch when trying to prevent heart disease. Other great methods of stress management include meditation, time management and understanding the root cause of your stress.
A Vida Health Coach can help as indicated by feedback from a happy client, a 35 year old women who came to the Vida app based health coaching program with 25 pounds to lose, social anxiety, and a lack of sense of self.
"My coach really is the best! She truly cares about the health of her clients! The whole health physical, emotional, mental and well-being!! I could not ask for a better coach!!! I can ask or tell her anything!!!"
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