Happy Monday everyone! I had an amazing weekend in the mountains. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw all the fun I was having. I will recap my mountain escapades tomorrow but first I wanted to say welcome to February which is Heart Month.
“Today, heart disease and stroke take one life every 7 minutes and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor.”
What I love about my job as a Dietitian is the opportunity to promote being proactive about your health. Heart disease and stroke are largely preventable if you are willing to make some small changes to your lifestyle.
This February, I’m working with Staples Canada to spread awareness of Heart Month and to promote prevention by getting moving!
Being physically active is something we all have control over and is one of the best prevention measures against heart disease. Getting active doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym, it’s about getting more active in your daily life.
Sitting is being considered the new smoking. Our sedentary lifestyle is leading to more and more chronic diseases. Even if you workout regularly, if the rest of your day is spent sitting, you are at risk for chronic diseases.
I’m the first to admit, I workout but I’m sitting for a large chunk of my day outside of that. My job is sedentary and at home, I’m often sitting blogging, watching TV, reading. etc. So this February (and going forward) I want to take control of my risk factors and become more active in my daily life. My goal is to reach a minimum of 10,000 steps every day.
Staples was generous enough to provide me with a Jawbone to track my steps. Additionally, I will set my non-active alarm on the Jawbone to 30 minutes, when that alarm buzzes I will get up and go! This might mean a walk down the hallway when I’m sitting at my work desk. This might mean getting up and doing 10 jumping jacks when I’m sitting and watching TV. It really doesn’t matter as long as I #GetUpAndGo.
I challenge you to think about your daily life. Can you make a small change like getting up and walking down the hallway a few times a day? Can you take the stairs vs the elevator? Can you park further away from the store door? These changes could make the difference in your risk factor for developing heart disease. Don’t become a statistic, be proactive about your health. Lets do this!
Do you stay active in your daily life? Are you willing to challenge yourself this February to #GetOutAndGo?
Full Disclosure: Staples graciously provided me with a fitness pack for this campaign but all opinions and ideas are my own.