When was the last time you gave some serious thought about your heart health? What if you could give yourself a checkup in less than fifteen minutes? Would you do it?
To be completely honest, my heart health is not something I’ve been concerned about. I try to watch my weight, look for signs and symptoms that my thyroid could be lower than usual and watch the dips in my energy levels. For the most part I’m completely focused on keeping track of the health of my children.
We Moms tend to put everyone else in the family first, am I right? But I was recently invited to visit my local Real Canadian Superstore location and try out their new Wellness Stations and figured it was time for a checkup.
How Does it Work?
The new Wellness Station took my blood pressure, calculated my BMI (Body Mass Index) and fat content, and checked my hydration levels. It prompted me to register for an account, walked me through all the tests and then offered to email me my results for easy reference. My husband and I both participated and were for the most part happy with our average results. We both tested low for hydration levels which wasn’t a surprise to either of us. We’ve definitely been failing in the water department lately.
To learn more about cardiovascular health, ask to speak to a Real Canadian Superstore Pharmacist. We chatted about risk factors like obesity, family history, exercise routine, and high amounts of stress. She mentioned that many years ago, most found to have poor heart function were in their fifties and above. Now, thanks to poor diet and high levels of stress, they’re finding people with issues in their thirties. Type 2 diabetes is skyrocketing and not enough of us are putting our health concerns at the top of our priority list.
If your results come back poor, it’s time to make an appointment with your Doctor. They’ll be able to recommend a course of treatment based on your general health. Consider these Real Canadian Superstore Wellness Stations as a quick screening for bigger issues.
How Can You Make a Change For Better Heart Health?
You can change your heart health for the better starting today! Start simply by drinking more water and making a conscience effort to eat better. Plan (and take) a vacation, spend time reading or gardening so that your stress levels go down. Limit busyness; say no more! Get thirty to sixty minutes of cardio at least three times a week, the goal being to get your heart rate up and to sweat a little.
If you have a family history of cardiovascular problems these changes are even more important for you to implement. I know it’s a struggle to put ourselves first, but remind yourself that by keeping you healthy, you’re improving the life of your children too. A happy and healthy Mama makes for a happy and healthy family!
Please take your heart health into your own hands and participate in this quick fifteen minute checkup at the new Real Canadian Superstore Wellness Stations. If we can’t make time for that, I think we have some serious issues.
This post has been sponsored by the kind folks at Real Canadian Superstore. All opinions and thoughts are completely my own.