Do you feel that? Ka-thump. Ka-thump. Ka-thump. Most likely you don’t. Unless you’re very still and checking your pulse or dripping with sweat from your recent workout. One of the strongest muscles in the human body is often the one we take most for granted. Until it doesn’t work properly.
February is American Heart Month – and when paired up with Valentines Day it’s the perfect reason to spend some time in appreciation for what our hearts really do for us. Did you know that:
- Your heart beats approximately 100,000 times every day and sends approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through your body.
- While heart disease is the #1 killer in both men & women, the signs & symptoms of a heart attack are very different between the genders.
- It’s been scientifically proven that a sense of humor (and a fair amount of laughter) can protect against heart disease.
- A healthy and active “love life” can potentially reduce a man’s risk of heart attack by half.
All these and more are reasons to be in awe of this fist-sized muscle that keeps our body going day and night. But often facts are not enough to motivate in us to make the changes we need to make in order to keep our hearts functioning well. Often what motivates us comes from sources of a more emotional nature.
We want to see our grandkids. We want to be able to go on that vacation with a loved one – to hike down the Grand Canyon or up Mount Rainier. We want to enjoy our later years in good health, not burden by medications or continual medical procedures. We want to spend as many years as we can with the love of our life. We carry passions, dreams, and hopes deep within us that we want to live out, to see fulfilled, to accomplish or experience.
While our hearts may scientifically beat for the purpose of keeping us alive, our emotional “heartbeat” is also vital for keeping us living. There’s an old proverb that states, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Translation: If you’re not dreaming, hoping, looking forward to something with eager expectation – it actually affects your heart. So, as we encourage you, not only in making choices that will positively affect your physical heart (like eating nutritional meals, resting, and exercising), we want to ask you, “What is your heart beating for?”
Think about it – and let us know by joining in the conversation over on our Facebook page! You could win a delicious, heart-healthy lunch for four – simply by sharing what is motivating and fueling your pursuit of heart health.
Fill Your Bowl – Fill Your Soul. Quarks.
(This week’s blog is written by our Marketing Director, Kim VanGilder – whose heart is beating and dreaming half-way around the world right now.)