For the last week I have been wearing a pedometer to see what my average daily steps are. Why?
I recently met with the Heart Foundation and learnt just how serious heart health is.
Heart disease is certainly not just an old man disease, which is a common misconception.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Australia. Women are four times as likely to die from heart disease as breast cancer. We all know how scary breast cancer is. But we don’t talk about heart disease. Why?
For me, I keep my head in the sand about heart disease because I know obesity is a very real risk factor. I don’t want to talk to my doctor about my heart health because I know the weight thing will come up, so I consider that conversation to be done since I’ve consulted with the doctor in my head and endeavour to lose weight…. But it never happens because the motivation wanes and all the other stuff I have to do comes first.
I am especially silly about this because my grandmother had a quadruple bypass years ago, another two grandparents died from heart conditions when I was younger and my younger brother has had a heart attack. YOUNGER brother. Holy crap. Time to get my head out of the sand.
As a mum, I am a natural martyr putting my own health and well being behind everyone else’s.
That has to stop. I’m pretty sure my kids want me around for quite some time, so it’s time to put my health at the top of the list.
It doesn’t take huge drastic changes to become healthier. I am starting with my activity. 10,000 steps a day is the recommended amount, and looking at this week’s numbers, I have some work to do! I will be aiming for 8,000 steps each day this week and will work my way up to 10,000 a day over the next two weeks.
Making small changes is more sustainable than making huge changes that you can’t maintain.
I have joined with Operation Move over at Kate Says Stuff, to get some more motivation to move my butt every day.
For other ideas on small changes you can make to get your heart healthier, check out the Heart Foundation website.
I’ll also be sharing some of their recipes over the next couple of months as I make some easy dietary changes.
I was given a pedometer by the Heart Foundation along with some other goodies to inspire a healthier lifestyle. I was not asked or paid to write this post. Heart health is a real and important issue and one that is very relevant to me.