My dad had his massive heart attack on the morning of Christmas Eve. He was working crazy hours to meet deadlines before taking a break over the holidays. He also hadn’t done his Christmas shopping. My mom later found his shopping list. He had planned to do it all that day. It was the most difficult time I have ever experienced in my life and the fact that it happened at a time of year that’s supposed to be the happiest made it that much more trying for my family.
The main reason I became so passionate about health & fitness is because I lost my father to a disease that can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle. It’s always been my mission to help people realize how important it is to reduce stress, exercise and eat right. These are pretty simple things to do really but it’s amazing how people think that this will never happen to them. It’s this kind of denial that prevents people from seeking medical help when they are feeling the symptoms of heart attack or stroke.
At this time of year there are so many more stressors that weigh heavily on all of us. Not to mention the overindulging in holiday treats and alcohol.
Studies have shown that the number of cardiac deaths is higher on Dec. 25th than on any other day of the year, second highest is Dec. 26th and third highest is Jan. 1st. The study also suggests that people may put off getting medical treatment over the holidays because they don’t want to disrupt the festivities.
This is the most important time to stay with your exercise routine, drink in moderation and continue to make healthy eating choices. Listen to your body and get plenty of rest and relaxation during this time of year. If you feel off it’s better to get checked out than leaving your family to plan your funeral over Christmas.
I wish you all the best for a healthy, happy and fit holiday season and the best of the New Year! And most of all, give your family the most special gift of all, your presence for many, many more years!
I miss you dad! xo