February is the month of love. Well, self-love is the best love ever which includes taking care of your whole self. Fitness is such an important factor in helping your life as it helps you do all things you love. Sometimes we take the simplest of things for granted like being able to take a shower on our own to going to Sephora and buying all the makeup. The line of work I’m in, I am exposed to many people who wish they could get up and drop it like 99 to 2000 let alone get up and walk to the fridge.
Your heart is a powerhouse in your life. For black women especially heart disease is extremely prevalent. From the pains of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes to lack of quality care. According to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. About 49% of African American women over age 20 have some type of heart disease, like:
- Clogged arteries in the heart, arms, or legs
- High blood pressure
- Angina (chest pain)
That means nearly 1 in every 2 Black women in the U.S. has heart disease. As I researched more about heart health, it dawned on me the plight of the black woman especially being that I am one. We are twice as more affected by the plight of our health than white women. Now, this isn’t a racism issue but it’s an access to a higher quality of life issue. We must firmly and confidently take back our health. Being stressed over the life can cause a whole host of issues that run from physical to mental health.
I still mourn the loss of activist Erica Garner who passed away at the end of 2017. She had a heart attack and we lost a beautiful soul. I don’t want to lose any more women to things that can be prevented. You have to take responsibility for your life ladies. At times life becomes overwhelming with goals, family, trying to be cute, however, if you want to be able to operate on a level of excellence you must make time for what matters most.
Heart Health Tips
1. Getting a workout in is a great step in having a healthy heart. Cardio is one of the easiest things that will help you work your heart. From the treadmill to the running trail will help you get that heart rate up and help make it stronger. The more you work out and push yourself past comfort—not to be confused with pushing too hard. Before starting any workouts you must go to the doctor ladies. Once cleared start by working out 3 times a week for 20 minutes. This will help slowly build your endurance and heart. I have made Youtube videos of at home workouts that can be done anywhere here and here.
2. With the New Year underway, the #bodygoals are still ever present on my timeline. However, after April things start to become easier to stop. Eating a diet that is colorful and full of fresh, non-processed foods is key. I know it’s really hard out there from our coins not running deep or just availability. If you have been following me for a while you know I travel for work a lot. I’m writing this now in cold as hell Indiana.
Being in small towns mean access to the quality of food I’m accustomed to is harder. You have to make a choice to eat the best you can afford and reach. I have gotten really good with Applebee’s by getting a grilled chicken breast and grilled veggies. It’s not ideal but it’s what will keep me fit and trim. I have also researched areas I will pass through as they may be much higher quality areas so I can shop before reaching my destination. If there is a will there is a way.
3. Quality of sleep and managing stress is high key going to help you flourish. If you don’t it will stop you in your tracks. I’m tired of seeing so many beautiful black women especially lose their life or have a greatly reduced quality of life because they allowed stressing over some wack baby daddy or these so-called friends. The pressures of being Superwoman who suffers in silence while working 2 jobs, getting the kids together and makes sure everyone is happy.
Stress is a deadly poison. Now some stress is good as it helps you move out the way of a speeding truck. However, prolonged stretches of stress does more damage that can even be seen. Racism is a huge thing that is hotter right now than ever. As a black professional when I go out into the variety of communities I service for my job, I always have to stay aware due to potential danger. Doing this over the past 2 years has me really focused on making life changes so that I can live my most festive life.
In 2018, fuck everything that isn’t adding to your life. Workout in cute workout gear from Danskin, drink your water and make sure you move your body. Now I’m not saying don’t take care of the kids, but you can’t adequately pour into them or anyone if you’re not full yourself, honey. Making time for real self-care by working out, meditation and doing things you love. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. We have to take charge of the things we are so graciously blessed with.
Let’s make 2018 be not only your year but the turning point of living your most festive life. Check out my YouTube channel for workouts you can do at home. There is no excuse for making the life you want. It may not be easy but it’s worth it.