Valentines Day celebrations bring images of hearts to mind, so we’ll look at the heart of health from a couple of different perspectives. This week we’ll look at how keeping our body’s (physical) heart healthy contributes to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight … and quality of life. Next week we’ll look at the more psychological and emotional aspects of heart health.
Needless to say, common sense suggests that keeping excess weight off will help you look and feel better, and overwhelming medical evidence reminds that you will live longer statistically. Here’s an Ideal Weight Calculator to give you some insight and motivation to keep those extra pounds off, using diet, exercise, and sometimes (always ask your physician) other modalities such as Body Light Lipo can help in achieving this goal as a complement to other health regimens and practices. If you see numbers from these calculations lower than the ones your bathroom scales show, it might be a good time to renew your resolve – gently but firmly – to get closer to numbers that prolong your life and enhance the quality of it.
Here’s a graphical list of symptoms that probably everyone would agree are best to avoid as long as possible, all of which can be aggravated by excess weight:
- heart failure
- heart attack
- vision loss
- sexual dysfunction
- kidney disease/failure
Some times it can help to have a ‘reality check’ to motivate us to get healthy and stay that way; we usually prefer the positive reinforcements, but once in a while a quick ‘yikes’ moment can do the trick to help us quickly get back to practices such as regular vigorous exercise, keeping junk food out of our grocery carts and stomachs, and just generally taking the best care of ourselves … which results in taking the best care of our families, friends and loved ones, too! We don’t need to have our ‘backs against the wall’ to be motivated, though, and we can focus on the things we will enjoy better and for more years as we take better care of ourselves and our bodies provide that improved performance as we lose weight.
Here are some of the benefits (positive reinforcement time! of losing (for example) 10% of your current weight:
- better circulation, which can help you stay warm in the winter, minimize the need for blood pressure medications, and keep your heart from having to work so hard
- improved blood lipids (fats) in your bloodstream
- “slimming down slightly makes it less likely that a clot will break away and travel to your heart, lungs, or brain”
- belly fat improvement – need we say more? 🙂
Here are a few more Valentine’s Day weight loss tips.
Your heart will love you for it, and everyone you know (yourself included) will benefit from this gentle discipline.