Hydration and the Heart

HeartDrinkingWaterStaying hydrated is essential. I discovered that firsthand at a choir event after drinking nothing that morning. Unfortunately, I had no sense of thirst, so I passed on my usual breakfast cup or two of tea or large glass of flavored water. Instead, I ate yogurt, fruit, and a muffin.

While driving to the meeting, I felt odd—weakness and dizziness came over me. Continue reading

Worm Hearts

WormHeartsLabeledThe other day, I went outside for a power walk right after a drenching rainstorm. It felt great to get out of the house, even though the air was thick with moisture and warmth—and it smelled of worms.

As I quickly walked down the driveway, I saw a few worms crawling along the cement. It was easy to avoid stepping on them as I forged ahead. But as I headed into the street, it was crawling with worms. Hundreds of them up and down the street. Continue reading

Heartfelt Sunshine and Other Things

HeartHappyWithSunshineIt’s a wonderfully warm and sunny spring day. The sun is shining brightly, in stark contrast to the cloudy overcast days of winter. Today, I did my walking rounds luxuriating in sunshine. It uplifted me. As I walked, I sensed all of me benefited immensely from the sun’s warm rays—mind, body, and spirit. It felt good for my heart, too. Continue reading

Beating Heart

SAsndAVNodesMy blog has taken a three-week vacation and I have, too. It took me with it, willingly or not!

It’s a blessing my heart keeps steadily beating—the alternative would have been dire. But my heart-brain writing connection decided it needed time off and it just took it. I didn’t consciously consider taking a writing break and granting myself permission—my blogging spirit just up and rested. Continue reading

Heart Fitness

HeartStopwatch2I recently read that if I can’t walk continuously for six minutes at a comfortable pace, my heart fitness needs attention. That took me aback a bit. Some days, six minutes of walking seems brief. Other days, it seems an eternity, especially when I don’t feel hale and hearty, or I don’t want to walk and it’s raining, storming, snowing, windy, hot, cold … I enjoy blaming the weather those days.

The walking “test” apparently indicates my muscle and joint health. Likely the moving part indicates joint function, and the six minute timing part reveals heart function. Continue reading