Heart Healthy Mindfulness and Tips February: Love Your Heart month

30 Minutes of Daily Exercise: VCU Rec Sports offers a wide range of group exercise classes that you can attend to have a healthy heart such as Cycle, Core, Total Body Conditioning, Kickboxing, Cardio Dance, and many more!

Blood is taken away from parts of your body and directed to your muscles when you exercise. Your left ventricle enlarges and adapts to the larger blood volume overtime. This will eventually reduce your resting heart rate because each beat of your heart delivers more blood, making it so fewer heart beats are needed.

VCU Rec Sports offers Mind/Body classes that will help reduce your stress level such as Yin Yoga, Sunrise Yoga, Vinyasa, and Beginner Yoga, as well as Yoga & Meditation.

Please watch the short video below to find out different ways to reduce stress and strain on your heart.

Why do we need to think about Heart Disease now??

  • The roots of heart disease often begin in childhood.
  • Fatty buildup in arteries have been found in the hearts of children as young as 5 years old.
  • Young healthy adults with a family history of heart disease have an increased risk of future cardiac events, like heart attack.

Ways to prevent heart disease

Eat healthy. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and nuts. Also, limit your intake of sugary beverages.
Be physically active whether it's attending a fitness class or doing your own workout on the floor.

It's never too early to learn about warning signs.

Stoke Warning Signs:

  1. Act F-A-S-T
  2. FACE: One side of the face droops when you ask the person to smile.
  3. ARM: Numbness or weakness. One arm drifts down when both arms are raised.
  4. SPEECH: Slurred speech. Difficulty speaking or understanding.
  5. TIME: Call 9-1-1 immediately. Look at the clock to see what time symptoms started.
  6. Other signs: Sudden severe headache with no known cause, Sudden trouble walking, Sudden confusion, Sudden loss of balance or falling.

Heart Attack Warning Signs:

  1. Chest/upper body discomfort (burning, indigestion, pressure, squeezing, fullness, tightness or pain in the center of the chest, arms, back, jaw or stomach) that lasts more than a few minutes or that happens more than once a day.
  2. Shortness of breath (with or without chest discomfort)
  3. Breaking out in a cold sweat
  4. Nausea and/or vomiting

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Stay tuned for next month's theme - Keep Calm & Stress Less!

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