Today is July 21st, exactly one month since the launch of the MY DAY movement and You Only Live Once: Create the Life You Want. Both the book and the movement are getting rave reviews and I’m grateful the message that we all have the power to change our lives is getting out there. There are three upcoming book signings getting scheduled in New England. As dates get confirmed I’ll post them here.
I am also pleased to announce that I have been asked to be an American Heart Association spokesperson promoting stress reduction, self care and empowerment in our own lives. I am a wholehearted supporter of the mission of the AHA to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. My first task was joining the AHA BetterU health and fitness program. BetterU is a FREE 12-week online nutrition and fitness program that can makeover your heart. Each week focuses on a different area of your health and provide step-by-step guidance. As I go through the program I will post updates here and share them with you. If you also join the BetterU program and post comments here about your efforts, you can win prizes (water bottles, yoga mats etc) from the AHA! By the way, BetterU is related to the Go Red for Women campaign of the American Heart Association but is available to everyone – not just women!
My first week on BetterU has involved more vegetables at lunchtime and running or walking 3 times a week. Yesterday I went out to run and about 1/2 mile into my 3 mile course I was stopped by an onset of my superventricular tachycardia (rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath). This happens sometimes and literally stops me in my tracks. I found a shady tree in a stranger’s front yard and sat down until the episode passed and I was able to walk again. Remarkably my tachycardia has only stopped me from running a handful of times in the decade I have been running. But it’s unwelcome occurance yesterday was a reminder of why I need to keep running – at my very slow and steady pace – for my heart health. When I say slow and steady I’m not kidding. Most people could easily walk right past me as I’m running. But that doesn’t matter, any and all aerobic exercise strengthens the heart muscle and that is what I need. In my case, going any distance, no matter how slow, is what matters. At least I’m not sitting on the couch! Join my Very Slow Running Club and give jogging a try. I like how it requires no equipment, can be done anywhere, anytime and gives me quiet, reflective time on my own.
What do you do to take care of your heart and your health? Are you a healthy eater? Or do you have a favorite physical fitness activity? Join me on BetterU for new ideas and prizes! I will keep you posted on my progress…