We usually think of February as the month of hearts for Valentine’s Day, but February is also American Heart Month, a time when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health. It’s observed to raise awareness and to help people lose weight, eat better, invigorate their exercise routines, and more.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer, responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths and 735,000 heart attacks annually in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Globally, cardiovascular diseases kill 18 million people a year, says the World Health Organization.
The good news is that heart disease can be prevented.
Exercise and eating right are the top tools to improve our heart health and lower our risk for heart disease and heart attacks, says the American Heart Association. For people over 50, exercise, including strength training, is vital. As most people age, their hearts get smaller and weaker, and major arteries can stiffen. That reduces or slows blood flow through the body. Resistance training among mature adults improves heart health by decreasing blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol, while improving “good” cholesterol. Exercising and eating right also fight obesity, which contributes to heart issues.
Remember that exercise for the heart is not just strength training and cardio-respiratory movement. For heart health, a variety of physical movement is needed to reduce stress, enhance sleep, and connect with others and the environment.
This month join with other Body Movers and
treat your heart to the exercise programs it needs and deserves
during our 2-Week “Have a Heart” Challenge!
In our 2-Week “Have a Heart” Challenge, you can earn tickets three different ways:
1. Visit the studio
Students and visitors can fill out one RED ticket per day, so come for a daily class or stop by to learn about our programs. If you have never visited Body Moves before, come now and enjoy a FREE class!
2. Bring a new-to-Body-Moves friend for a FREE class.
If a current Body Moves student brings a friend for a FREE class, both the student and guest will earn one PINK ticket.
3. Sign up for our 2-Weeks for $25 special!
Anyone who signs up for our 2-Weeks for $25 special will earn three WHITE tickets. If your friend or relative signs up, current Body Moves students will also earn three tickets.
Body Moves offers a variety of classes and movements
and has something for everyBODY!
ACTIVE LIVING classes include: Ageless Grace, Barefoot Strong, Body Sculpt, Nia, Qigong, Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Zumba
SPECIALTY classes include: T’ai Chi, Yoga with a Chair and Barefoot Balance
Small Group PERSONAL TRAINING workouts are also available
This month, have a heart by treating your friend, neighbor, relative
to a free class at Body Moves!