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

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

Heart-Warming Chuckle

WalkingHeartLaughing3I had a funny, heart-warming experience today. It caused me to chuckle throughout body and soul—a great delight for my day. Waves of laughter shot streams of endorphins through me, bringing as much happiness as a person can feel.

I was mindlessly power-walking my daily rounds along my neighborhood’s hilly streets. It was quiet—not a soul in sight, and I looked for something to distract me from the cold weather and boredom. Continue reading

Talking Heart

WouldYouPuhleeze2Once in a while, I wonder what parts of my body would say if they could speak words ears can hear. When I exercise hard, I know my muscles would definitely object. After jogging hard on an elliptical machine, my legs would surely speak. Me and everyone around me would hear a loud “Ouch!” —and maybe more.

If I drank too much, my liver would beseech “Please stop drinking!” If I walked the entire Appalachian Trail, my feet would scream “We hurt!” before going speechless and numb. Continue reading

Heart and Fitness

HeartAndFitnessCLEANI know my heart and fitness are completely entwined. It’s abundantly clear to me that taking care of one takes care of the other; neglecting one neglects the other.

My life experiences continue to expand my awareness of the oneness of both. I am becoming increasingly convinced that I cannot make the most of my heart health and my fitness by myself—I know I need others to support my efforts to boost them. Continue reading