If you haven't heard, February is Heart Month! In addition, we celebrate a day dedicated to love and happiness tomorrow....Valentine's Day!
This being said, there's no better time to take stock of your current heart health and the heart health of your family, friends and loved ones! The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca) have some great resources to assist you in assessing your current heart health and improving upon it!
Research has clearly shown that physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco cessation and stress reduction work together to significantly improve heart health! I would like to challenge you to critically examine each of these aspects of your life and identify which area needs improvement. Once you have identified the areas that require improvement it's essential to take action!
When taking action, the most successful people fast track their results by:
- NOT reinventing the wheel (e.g. use tried tested and true strategies)
- Gaining professional advice from experts, guides and mentors. The Healthy Families BC, Prescription for Health and Lifestyle Support Services are all amazing resources!
- Surrounding themselves with positive influences which allow them to be called to a higher level
- One of my favourite Quotes: "A person is a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group." (Anthony Robbins)
PS. Check out the dietitian's blogs for some great advice on how to improve heart health in addition to learning some of the early warning signs of cardiovascular disease that could arise in the bedroom (e.g. erectile dysfunction).
Remember: Keep Positive, Keep Smiling and KEEP MOVING!
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