February and National Heart Month are wrapping up but the beat goes on, the Latin beat of a healthy heart. This is in thanks to women in the Fox Valley who gathered to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association and their Go Red, Por tu Corizon campaign. Area Zumba instructors turned up the heat and worked out our hearts with the Latin dance moves of Zumba during their Party Hearty Zumbathons.
According to the American Heart Association 90% of all women have one or more risks for heart attack. Many woman do not believe they are as vulnerable to a heart attack as men are. Truth is heart disease is still the number one killer of both men and women.
One way to prevent heart disease is through regular cardiovascular excercise combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. So it was natural for Zumba instructors to take to their spaces and get those hearts beating to their Latin rythmns while raising money, teaching the benefits of regular cariovascular activity and raising awareness among women about the risks of heart attack.
75% off all ticket proceeds at these events are being donated directly to the AHA and some instructors are donating the entire ticket price and accepting other donations for this campaign.
Zumba, is a combination of dance and toning exercises set to a latin beat. It is an excellent way to workout your heart and increase your cardiovascular strength. It also is an excellent way to maintain weight and add fun fitness into your healthy lifestyle, visit www.zumba.com for more information on the benefits of the Zumba workout.
By adding cardiovascular exercise to their lifestyle women can cut their risks of a heart attack by 20-30%.
Raising awareness is a goal of the Go Red Por tu Corizon Campaign. Women should be aware of the warning signs of heart attack.
Heart Attack Warning Signs:
Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest
Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
Other symptoms include shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
According to the American Heart Association, while both men and women experience chest pain or discomfort women are more likely to have some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Remember when it comes to your heart MINUTES MATTER! If you feel the symptoms of a heart attack do not delay call 9-1-1.
The beat goes on even though February is coming to a close. You can still participate in a fundraising event by visiting these websites and joing the party. Remember everyday is a good day to help make others aware of the risks of a deadly heart attack.
Visit www.partyhearty.org and for more on the Go Red Por Tu Corizon or other Go Red Campaigns visit www.heart.org.
Help your own heart by joining a Zumba class today!