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Listen to Your Heart

THIS....this video. I love it so, so much!! I shared it weeks ago, and I'm still so happy to see it making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, with Elizabeth Gilbert posting about it just yesterday.

Gilbert tells us to "dance, run, swim, box, chase, fight...just get your heart working somehow. And definitely get your freak on while you're doing it."

I love that she's focusing on heart health. The message of the video is about loving our bodies at any size, but also about working it.

It's Women's Heart Week this week, which is fitting given that it's February - hearts abound! Did you know that 1 in 3 women die from heart disease or stroke? We're always talking cancer - breast, cervical, ovarian, but heart disease is the biggest killer of women. An article in the Citizen last November introduced us to Canada's first centre for women's heart health here in Ottawa.

Women often have the same signs and symptoms of a heart attack as men, but either ignore the signs or don't believe they're having a heart attack. Furthermore, as moms, we all know how busy we are thinking about other people - it's hard to focus on ourselves sometimes.

Signs of a Heart Attack

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in other parts of the upper body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Light-headedness 

Check out The Heart Truth for more information, recipes, and a tool to assess your risk.

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But as Elizabeth Gilbert said in her post, what's the one way you can ensure to prolong your life? By working your heart - engaging in something that makes it go boom, boom, boom!

So let's get out there ladies - into the pool, into the gym or whatever makes you happy. Check back on the blog soon, as I'm excited to introduce a woman who will tell us all about her own journey to health lifting weights. She'll give us tips on how to start weight lifting, which is definitely NOT just for men!

In the words of a great song by Cuff the Duke, "listen to your heart, baby, it'll be OK."