How To: Live a Healthy Heart Lifestyle

At Komen Austin, our goal is to be involved with our community by inspiring women and men to live a healthy lifestyle.  Adding weekly cardiovascular exercise has been proven to lower one’s risk of breast cancer.  February is American Heart Month and February 4, 2016 is World Cancer Day, so we want you to get those hearts pumping!  Many of these exercises can range from a brisk walk around a park, bicycling, swimming, joining an aerobics class or even mowing your lawn.

According to Susan G. Komen, “Being more active, eating a balanced diet and becoming more aware of your health can be physically and mentally rewarding at any point in life.”

Are you eating the foods your body needs to stay healthy?

According to The American Heart Association, below is a healthy dietary pattern that one should follow:

  1. Variety of fruits and vegetables (Apples, carrots, bell peppers and leafy greens)
  2. Whole grains (Oatmeal,brown rice, popcorn and wild rice)
  3. Low-fat dairy products (Fat-free/ low-fat yogurt)
  4. Skinless poultry and fish (Salmon, tuna and lean red meats)
  5. Nuts and legumes (Black beans, Black-eyed peas, kidney beans and lentils)
  6. Non-tropical vegetable oils (Canola, peanut, olive and sesame oil)

Simple adjustments to your every day lifestyle can turn around your heart health. Below are some extra tips to keep your heart strong and healthy:

  • Make time for breakfast
  • Avoid all-you-can-eat buffets
  • Get a cholesterol test
  • Stay away from salt
  • Ask for sauces and dressings to be served on the side
  • Laugh more often

Eating healthy is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to lowering your risk of breast cancer.  Ideally, you should engage in 30-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, five times a week for optimal benefits.

Ready to reduce your risks of developing breast cancer by getting your heart pumping?

We’ve got you covered if you’re trying to enhance your physical activity, recovering from post breast cancer surgery or just trying to support loved ones from losing their battle of breast cancer.

Austin Marathon/Half Marathon (February 14, 2016)
Time to break in those new running shoes! Run either a marathon or half marathon with our Komen Austin team and help us reach our $10,000 donation goal to help end breast cancer forever.

Free yoga (February and March)
Black Swan Yoga will be hosting FREE Sunset Yoga every Monday and Wednesday from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the Terrace at Whole Foods during the months of February and March. (“Namaste” is all we have to say to free exercise!)

Ballet Austin Pilates Pink Ribbon Program (March 22, 2016 – May 26, 2016)
Ballet Austin offers a rehabilitative program every Tuesday beginning mid March to all women recovering from breast cancer for FREE. Enroll now before it’s too late!

Dirty Girl Run- Austin (April 2, 2016)
Ready to get down and dirty with your lady friends?  Dirty Girl Run offers a “3.1 mile(ish)” obstacle course run for all women wanting to either challenge themselves or run in memory of a loved one who lost their battle to breast cancer. $75 if you register by February 22, 2016 or email if you are a cancer survivor to waive your register fee. 

It’s time to take charge of your health and take care of your body. We at Komen Austin encourage you to take into consideration what you are putting into your body and get physical every chance you get to say goodbye to cancer and  hello to healthy hearts.

-Komen Austin


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