Heart Disease has broken my heart both literally and figuratively. Literally with my own diagnosis. And figuratively with the loss of my father. The impact of both - profound, devastating, and life-changing.
I was diagnosed with my arrhythmia at 17, and fitted with my first pacemaker/defibrillator at 18. Who I was and who I was going to be was forever changed. I know how lucky I am that I woke up on that fateful day the summer before my senior year – many people do not.
Arrhythmias often strike only once, and once is often fatal. And I know how blessed I am to live in age where an ICD is option. But my health is no longer a given, it is something I have to work for every single day. I know all too well how quickly it can be taken away. There is still no cure for Long QT syndrome, and because of that, I will spend the rest of my life trying to mend this broken heart of mine.
It is the number one reason why I run and train the way I do. Every surgery serves as a constant reminder that I need to cherish my health and body while I have it. Which is perhaps why this week was an especially awesome training week...
Monday - 30 min HIIT workout + Abs360
Tuesday - REST
Wednesday - 60 min Ride with 3Sports.ca
Thursday - 5km Trail Run
- 60 min Hot Yoga Class at Goodlife Fitness
Friday - 15km long run
Saturday - 8km Run
Sunday - Curl for Heart Tournament
This year Goodlife Fitness is celebrating February by teaming up with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (*Who I am happy to report treat me - and are the "cardio team" I often refer to*) to host the Healthy Heart Challenge – a 28 day opportunity to increase your heart health. To encourage more people to think about their heart and their health.
Beginning February 1st, challenge participants will be encouraged to get CardioStrong through:
- daily cardiac stats and trends
- advice from a team of cardiologist and dieticians about preventing heart disease and stroke
- fitness tips and exercise ideas from GoodLife experts
- recipe ideas and nutrition tips to lower your risks
- suggestions for reducing stress and getting better sleep
These are generally just good things to incorporate into your daily routine. But everyone LOVES prizes right?! So the Goodlife team is giving one lucky reader an #IHeartExercise Prize Pack.
- 3 Month Goodlife Membership to get CardioStrong
- 1 Goodlife Fitness Gym Bag
- 1 #IHeartExercise Tshirt
- 1 branded water bottle
(Estimated Prize Value $250)
Check out the Rafflecopter Giveaway below to register your entries. (**Open to Canadians Only! Sorry American/Eurpoean Friends***)
You can enter below for your chance to win by...
- Leaving me a Comment Sharing how you are going to make your Heart Happy this month
- Join the Healthy Heart Challenge Event on Facebook
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I hope you guys will join in and give your Heart a little extra love this week.
Love Your Darwinian Fail,