American Heart Month is Here: Time for Matters of the Heart
During the month of February, we see the human heart as the symbol of love for Valentine’s Day. It’s the heart-shaped candy boxes with chocolates and the little heart-shaped sugar candies with special messages such as “Be Mine”, “Hug Me”, or “True Love” that put us in the mood.
But, there’s also more meaning behind the heart this month because it is officially American Heart Month, a federally designated time committed to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention.Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men (i.e. our dads, husbands, brothers, friends, co-workers, uncles, grandpas) and women (i.e. our moms, wives, sisters, friends, co-workers, aunts, grandmas) in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
When it comes to heart health, there are some things that you just can’t control, like your age, gender, ethnicity and family history, but fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce your chances of getting heart disease.
For example, you can lower your risk of heart disease by:
- Controlling your blood pressure
- Keeping your cholesterol and triglyceride levels under control.
- Staying at a healthy weight.
- Eating a healthy diet.
- Getting regular exercise.
- Limiting alcohol.
- Don’t smoke.
- Managing stress.
- Managing diabetes.
- Making sure that you get enough sleep.
Yes, we want you to enjoy February for love, but we also invite you to pay close attention the amazing muscular organ located just behind and slightly left of your breastbone. Sure, this mighty organ is only about the size of a fist, but it beats a whopping 115,200 times per day. It desperately wants your love and attention. So, this month, show your own heart a little love in a way that not only benefits you, but those who love you.
We’ve championed the idea of the perfect New Year’s Resolution simply being to meet the American Heart Association’s (AHA) minimum exercise requirement to improve overall cardiovascular health or lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. We bring this up because American Heart Month also happens to be the same month that approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail. There’s just too much at stake in not following through on goals to exercise and move more.
We built this company to make quality cardio and strength training exercises easier and more efficient, whether battling injury, chronic illness and pain, or a diagnosis like Parkinson’s disease or MS. Or just a busy hectic schedule (life is busy). Part of that commitment is making it easy to try Excy for yourself with no obligation to keep it if it doesn’t work for you! That’s why we’ve made is so easy to return it, even taking it back for up to six months. To celebrate American Heart Month, we want to make owning an Excy even easier! Use “MyHeart” at Checkout to Save $75 (available for the XCS 240, XCS 260 and XCS 280 through the month of February)!
With Groundhog Day being today, we invite you to not relive the classic process of letting your exercise goals be sidelined again and again … and again. Take a look at a snapshot of last month’s Excy recumbent exercise bike, upper body ergometer, and resistance training workouts see how much fun we have!
Always consult a doctor before starting a new exercise program.