It wouldn’t be February without a reference to Valentine’s Day or Cupid — and this week is no exception.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I am going to tap into a little of what I wrote last week about how we’re coping at the moment and also share with you some interesting heart related facts for you.
Last week’s Friday with Heidi certainly hit home and we received some lovely emails from some of you who felt it was well timed for them. Thank you for getting in touch, we always like to hear from you.
It’s a tough time. Like I said last week, be kind.
How can you be kind? Start with you.
How would you like to be treated for Valentine’s Day or for a weekend? What would you plan for you?
There are many ways to recreate some of these things despite the restrictions at the moment.
There are virtual museum trips, theatre shows, concerts, safari tours, deliver-to-your-door afternoon teas, takeaway fine dining, cocktails in a box, chocolate in all shapes and sizes, spa baskets delivered to your door and much more.
If you are in a relationship prepare something each that you both ‘attend’ with the other. Who knows what you might get to experience!
I’ll be working this Sunday morning with our weekly Wake Up! crew. Given I can’t bring them chocolates and roses in person I’ve asked them all to wear something red or pink so we can ooze love and romance through the Zoom screen!
10 Heart Factoids
- Exercise and physical activity could be one of the key factors in preventing heart disease.
“Although it’s always been known that exercise is an important preventative, new research suggests it plays a major role with the most active being only half as likely to develop cardiovascular disease as those who don’t exercise at all, say researchers at Oxford University.” WDDTY
Come and join us this Sunday for a try out of our weekly session. It’s 45 minutes of your weekly requirement of 150 minutes moderate to vigorous exercise.
- The average heart is the size of an adult’s fist.
- A woman’s heart beats slightly faster than a man’s.
- There is such a thing as a broken heart. Symptoms are very like those of a heart attack but are caused by stress rather than heart disease.
- Laughing is good for you heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system. (Here’s one that always makes me smile)
- A happy heart is a healthy heart. Being in a loving relationship has been shown to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Those people were 12 percent less likely to experience vascular diseases.
- Did you know that couples heartbeats synchronise? Research showed that couples sat in the same room, but not interacting can synchronise their heartbeats where two strangers didn’t get the same result. Interestingly, it was shown that it was a woman’s heartbeat that changed to match her partners.
‘Jonathan Helm, a UC Davis psychology doctoral student and primary author of the study. “Her heart rate is linked to her partner’s. I think it means women have a strong link to their partners — perhaps more empathy.” ‘
- Ever wondered why a heart is drawn like it is? Apparently it’s because it’s the shape of the silphium plant which was used as an ancient form of birth control.
- It’s not just aerobic exercise that benefits the heart. When you lift weights, body weight or otherwise you are challenging your cardiovascular system. Next time we ask you to do very slow press ups you’ll see how hard they can make you breathe!
- And even though it’s burpee-free week at Fit Camp this week, here’s a burpee fact for you (given that burpees are definitely going to improve your heart function!) 48 burpees in a minute is the current World Record…anyone wanna take him on?!
- Bonus top tip…if you have high blood pressure and would like to manage it, and don’t fancy the commitment of a long term relationship (see point 6 above!), consider cutting out sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet. Chances are you’ll see a steady decline in your readings.
And on that love note, I’ll be off!
Wishing you a truly lovely weekend whether it’s you organising it for you or for someone else. Have a good one!
See you in a Zoom Room soon.
Tuesday 16 February 19.00 on Zoom | Why do I need my ‘colours done’?
* it’s not about rules to follow, more about finding freedom in how to look good easily
* it’s not about hair colour, eye colour or what colour type your mum is. Linda will explain how it works
* it’s not just colours, what you wear and how you wear it features too.
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.