Carol describes why she developed more healthy life changes after having heart bypass surgery and encourages others to exercise and eat consciously.
Health is what it’s all about and lifestyle, for a lot of people it requires a massive change in lifestyle. I already was always active and athletic and so I led a pretty healthy lifestyle. I always tried to maintain, you know, reasonable eating habits, never smoked, and it’s one of the most major things is that the health before and after.
Before it doesn’t always save you from having heart problems, but after, it’s how you proceed and the change of health and eating habits and the most major thing along with that is exercise. Exercise is the number one thing that people must do.
Walk, ride a bicycle, of course I’m a golf and I don’t always walk the course because they don’t allow you to, but I walk as much, I run. I have been known to run up and down escalators, but not seriously, but I do run up the up escalators when I can and anyway, but I joined Curves about a year ago and there’s one near my family, I mean near my home there, and it’s such a wonderful thing because it is great, great, great for cardiovascular.
Everything they do there is tuned to do certain things for your body and it focuses on the cardiology, the vascular, but it’s a great thing and right now the place is packed with women and the thing that I noticed, in between each machine you are supposed to do a little movement on the boards and I am there hopping and hip hopping and some of those ladies are barely moving. But you know what, they are there and they are moving and they are doing something for their health.
So no matter what level of activity that you are able to maintain, it’s wonderful to see these women in there looking after themselves and some of them are older than I am. So, it’s just great to see and because I am involved there, this month, heart month, I have asked them, you know, we’ve gotten involved and making this heart month at the Curves, the two Curves that are in my neighborhood and we are hoping to do the walk and we’ll do raffles, we’ll do all kinds of things to raise money for the heart center, which stays right in our own neighborhood.
So, I am really happy to get involved in that and it’s a great and it’s, I really speak highly of our Curves because they do so much to keep people in good health and that’s the whole thing is exercise because you can go on a diet and if you don’t exercise with that diet it’s not going to do the job right, but I do. I like to eat like everybody else and I allow myself some treats and things, but for the most part I try and maintain a good healthy lifestyle and hope to keep going.
But we owe it to our families, you know, not to become a burden without them and it’s so easy to go out and walk. It doesn’t cost anything, and bicycles; everything is super good. Just keep going.
I am Carol Peterson and I just shared my heart story with you, and I will hope that you share your heart story with us.
Conditions: Heart Disease, Chest Pain
Related Terms: Stress Test, Triple Bypass, Chest Pain, Chest Tightness, Blocked Arteries, Heart Health Advocate, Cardiology, Heart Survivor
Health Care Provider: Banner Health, Banner Heart Hospital, Banner Heart Care Services, Banner Heart
Location: Mesa, Arizona, AZ, Phoenix, Tempe, East Valley, Phoenix Metropolitan, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Anthem, Chandler, 85206