Daily Archives: August 11, 2011
Posted by healthyforhim
Your heart is the most important muscle in your body. The vital organ that keeps the others functioning… And keeps YOU alive.
Heart disease is the number one killer among women… You’ve probably heard this before. If not… Think about it.
When I was younger I worked out for all the wrong reasons.
I, like most women didn’t feed my body the things it needed to keep me strong and healthy and I starved my heart of the nutrients it needed. I didn’t think about strengthening my heart muscle back then. I didn’t want to get bulky so I didn’t lift weights-especially weights for my upper body.
There is something about having toned arms and the connection it can have with your heart. I’m not talking about having to be a women with “man muscles”…. But admit it, we reach an age when gravity is really working against you and things start shaking and flapping around. Most women would agree they don’t like that feeling… Because, even if you’re not overweight, it makes you feel out if shape. Now, think about how out of shape your heart is… Could it be in better shape?
How much time do we focus on upper body strength and workouts?
When I started working out and learning circuit training exercises… I learned quickly that doing moves with weights in your hands can make moves more difficult and as I brought my hands with weights above my heart muscle, it really got things hoppin’ and had me gasping to catch my breath. (Not to mention it burns more calories! My husband started running with lighter weights last year-it makes a difference in your form and posture too!)
What it also does… Is it calls on your heart to pump blood harder against gravity. It’s tougher, yes, but – it’s such a great workout for you to really work that muscle and make it strong.
Try it out. Do 20 jumping jacks. Then try them with weights pushing them up from your shoulders.
Do you feel that?
Strengthen that heart muscle and your spiritual heart each day and kick heart disease to the curb!
* if you don’t have weights, use soup cans or use gallon jugs filled with dirt or sand. “no money for weights” isn’t an excuse not to get moving! Eat lots of green leafy vegetables and lean protein to keep that heart healthy!
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”. -Psalm 139:23-24