Sweet Heart Health

Beauty of February is Valentine’s Day. I’ve always been sweet on it since I was a child. In addition to making cards and receiving Valentines, my fond memory is my father leaving me a kid-size heart-shaped box of chocolates on the kitchen table with a greeting card propped on the set of salt and pepper shakers. There would be another one for my mom. I would be envious because it was a HUGE box, but since my mom didn’t like chocolate, I would get to eat most of hers.

Now, as an adult and a parent, I love it for the sweetness for my own children—making Valentine cards and treats and the romantic nature of the holiday with my husband- date night!

As fitness profession, I also see February is Heart Healthy Month. While our children are small, they are the center of much of our lives. This is like your heart, it’s small (size of your fist) but central to your cardiovascular system.

Your heart pumps oxygen and nutrients through 60,000 miles (if placed end-to-end) of blood vessels in your body. If the organs and tissues don’t receive the nutrients needed or the waste removed they become damaged or compromised. It’s important to keep your heart healthy. You can accomplish this by eating healthy and exercising. If you look at the recommendations you’ll see that working out with FIT4MOM Stroller Strides meets the needs of your cardiovascular health.

Here is the American Heart Association Recommendation:

For Overall Cardiovascular Health:

• At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes


• At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity


• Moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week for additional health benefits.

For Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

• An average 40 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity 3 or 4 times per week