Hello, hope you enjoyed reading my first post on cardiovascular health for women. I trust that it was sufficiently informative and motivational for you, particularly those of you who, like I did once upon a time, are opening your eyes for the first time on the pertinent issues of health and fitness, specifically related to women. May I widen your eyes a little further by talking to you about our emotional wellbeing? I regard this subject as something of a niche topic for me because of my personal background and my present-day advocacy in favor of improving lives, specifically those of women and their children.

Nothing makes my day more than seeing a fellow woman smile for good reason. Nothing breaks my heart more than encountering a woman or child that has been abused. Physical abuse is easily detected because the scars and bruises will be visible in any case. And it is not easy for any woman to hide her marks from those who truly care about her wellbeing. What is not so easy to detect is the emotional trauma that any one woman may have experienced. It’s buried in the recesses of her heart and is not always let out for others to know about.

But let’s put that aside for a moment because I am still thinking what cardiovascular health means to me and, perhaps, to you as well. To my mind, it is a process that entails looking after the human interests of both body and emotions. On the physical side, cardiovascular wellbeing comes about through regular physical exercise, weights or aerobics, or sporting activities, such as tennis or basketball that are generally enjoyable pursuits and involve bonding with others. Emotionally, the less stress one has in one’s life, the less chance there is of nervous palpitations or heart attacks.

And, of course, alongside the healthy active life must be healthy eating that is well balanced and includes all the important food groups. But the argument goes that exercise offers you cardiovascular benefits that simply eating right and being emotionally okay doesn’t. It boosts your metabolism to no end and helps you to keep your weight and fat levels at constant, healthy levels. It boosts your pride and confidence in being able to reflect in the mirror just how well shaped your body has become over a period of time.

Those that have been classified or clinically diagnosed as being morbidly obese also go on to picking up other tragic illnesses such as depression. It cannot be surprising just how much emotional pain must be caused from the realization of not being able to do the things that others, like you and me, take for granted. I cannot imagine what it must be like not being able to run free in a meadow, or ride a bicycle on a warm, sunny afternoon. It takes a lot for heavily overweight women to get to that point but just know this ladies, if there are some of you out there going through such weighty traumas, weight loss can be achieved, and it is best achieved through cardiovascular exercise.

Those that have gone too far down the road in regard to living and eating unhealthily and who now need lifelong treatment need not be depressed any longer either. If you have diabetes now, it is still possible for you to lead a long and healthy life. If you have a heart condition, you will be alright just as long as you are taking your prescribed medication along with your daily exercise and following your heart-orientated eating plans.  Not there yet? Now is not the time to be complacent. Simply make sure that you go at least twice a year for regular testing of your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. These days, not even the poorest among us can excuse themselves from such necessities. Government clinics, as a matter of course, are running such tests for free. It makes sense for them to do this because otherwise they would be saddled with the exorbitant medical costs. But, generally speaking, the old proverb applies to all of us. Prevention is better than the cure.