June 25, 2017

Join Me for the #MoveItMay Challenge from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Heart Truth® Campaign

THT_Calendar-5The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Heart Truth® program invited me to be an Ambassador for their May Move It Challenge. This week is Women’s Health Week and May is also Stroke Month.

Staying active and healthy is good for those with afib, so please join me each day for the week’s #MoveItMay activities:

Monday, May 12:  Do 12 flutter kicks, and repeat! See how many sets you can do. @HealthMag shares the proper technique: http://owl.li/weKt0.

Tuesday, May 13:  Snack on 13 baby carrots (1 cup) with 2 tablespoons of hummus. Carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A and fiber, which helps lower cholesterol.

Wednesday, May 14:  Do 14 calf raises, three times—1 set with both feet, 1 set with just your left foot, and 1 set with just your right foot. This stretches and strengthens your feet, ankles, and calves.

Thursday, May 15:  Do 15 total tricep dips—try 3 sets of 5! Keep your elbows bent at 90 degrees as you lower yourself to the floor and back. This works your triceps and builds arm strength. @WomansDayMagazine shares step-by-step instructions: http://owl.li/weKDo

Friday, May 16:  Hold arm stretches for 16 seconds. Be sure to stretch your deltoid, triceps, and chest. Repeat 3 times.

Saturday, May 17:  Do 17 arms circles when you wake up and before you go to bed. Try 17 in each direction.  Arm circle exercises are great for the shoulders!

Sunday, May 18:  Do 18 Superman (or should we say Wonderwoman) holds. Hold each time for 10 seconds, with a break in between. Find step-by-step instructions for these floor back extensions from @CDC at  http://owl.li/wfiEV

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