Heart disease basically means your heart is not working properly. Some people are born with heart disease but many develop the disease as they age. This development of heart disease is easily preventable by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen. As well avoiding smoking, limiting alcohol use, and reducing stress will also help prevent any heart issues.
Per heartandstroke.ca 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke and thousands die each year. Signs of a heart attack vary from person to person as well as between men and women. Below are the signs of a heart attack you should know are:
Upper body discomfort
Shortness of breath
And remember women are more likely to experience some of the common symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms call 9-1-1, stop all activity, take your nitroglycerin (if already prescribed), take Aspirin, rest and wait, and keep a list of your medications in your wallet and by the phone. Treating a heart attack means preventing or limiting the damage to your heart, and this treatment begins in the ambulance.
Ultimately Natatia’s One On One Fitness would like to see you take the actions to avoid living with heart disease or the fear of having a heart attack. 8 in 10 cases of heart disease are avoidable with simple healthy lifestyle changes like eating well, increasing your physical activity, maintain a healthy weight and reducing your stress.
Natatia’s One On One Fitness has many fitness programs from small group personal training to one on one personal training. We even have a new Senior Group Program where fitness and fun come together!
It’s winter, it’s cold and staying in your toasty warm bed for just a few more minutes sounds better than just about anything right now. But, you promised yourself…2017 is the year you’re going to stay on your fitness track - why does the New Year have to begin while it’s so cold!? Guess what? The cold weather is no reason to skip your workouts. As a matter of fact recent research has shown that exercising in cold temps means burning more calories.
As well, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism did a study in 2014 that showed exercising in the cold can help encourage your body to turn white fat into brown fat helping your body burn calories.
The extra calorie burn is also influenced by the fact that your body works harder to regulate your core temperature. Additional benefits include strengthening your heart – your heart works harder to distribute blood. And you’ll stay more hydrated, something everyone should be doing during their cold weather workouts. You may not feel thirsty but you’re still sweating and losing precious hydration, hydrate before, during and after your workout.
There are several ways to workout in the winter including walking, running, ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding. And did you know that getting outdoors in the winter helps with the necessary intake of Vitamin D. This ‘sunshine vitamin’ helps to regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, facilitates normal immune system function, and may play a role in fighting depression and losing weight.
Now that you’re totally sold on continuing your exercise routine even when it’s cold outside, be sure to prepare properly. Warm up indoors with some jumping jacks and high knees, it’s important to have warm muscles to combat the cold weather. And cooling down is important too…this is the time to stretch your muscles to reduce soreness and fatigue. And, having the right gear will help too. A good hat, gloves and jacket will make all the difference. Ask the expert at your local sports store for the best gear for your winter sport.
Happy Winter Exercising!
I'm Natatia Gemmell. No matter how busy life gets, eating well and exercising is always a priority! I LOVE fitness, and I teach my clients how to stay on the health & fitness path by exercising, eating better and staying healthy!