49-year old woman…true story
It’s really a matter of life and death. No exaggeration. For men and women.
Earlier this week, I received an email from Anna, one of your Body Project trainers.
She shared a story with us about one of her long-time clients.
Last year she had a heart attack.
Just after she started exercising at the gym, her chest suddenly tightened, she felt nauseous, and vomited.
Tests confirmed she had a heart attack. She ended up with a 1” stent in a major artery after tests revealed that there was a 99% blockage.
In a wave of fortune, she experienced “traditional symptoms” and more importantly, she had the intuition to act quickly, knowing something was not right.
Here is what is most striking about this:
- She was training for a half-marathon.
- She is in great condition.
- She is lean and fit.
- She is only 49 years old!
None of us are exempt.
You may not have the “typical” risk factors of a heart attack (obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure…) but this woman’s story is a loud and clear reminder of the importance of keeping close tabs on our health.
Realize that your risk factors aren’t always visible on a scale, a blood pressure monitor, or even a blood test.
Take the time to learn about your family genetics and don’t skip out on your annual physicals (even if you “feel” healthy). This story has forced me to make setting my appointment with my doctor my #1 priority on my long “To-Do” list (I know you all have those “lists” too!).
Do some research or find a fitness professional to teach you about heart rate training. Not only is it effective for fat loss and overall fitness conditioning, it empowers you to listen and connect to your body and know when something just isn’t right.
We recently did a week of heart rate training in our boot camps, educating our clients how to monitor their heart rate while exercising (even without fancy or expensive equipment)…it was amazing how in just a few short workouts, they learned more about their body than most people do in a lifetime.
Your body is THE most intricate, incredibly complex, and utterly amazing machine.
Let’s make a vow to give it the respect it deserves, the appreciation it needs, and the opportunity to stay on this earth for as long as possible.
February happens to be National Heart Month – I encourage you by the end of this week to take one concrete action that will connect you closer to your heart.