The stats don’t lie! Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke, yet 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. Another truth is while proper diet and physical activity is on the rise, most women still struggle with fitting exercise and meal planning into their lifestyle.
The American Heart Association wants to help change this. That is why they created the Go Red For Women’s #GoRedGetFit online fitness challenge.
#GoRedGetFit is a quarterly health and fitness challenge that combines nationally-known and influential celebrity fitness trainers with the power, influence and encouragement of real women like YOU!
There’s no better time than now to join in: Go Red For Women now has an engaging new initiative to keep healthy living interesting and fresh! Macy’s has joined the cause to cheer participants on and keep them motivated with exciting prizes, like the chance to win a $1,000, $500, or $250 Macy’s gift card!
A primary barrier to being fit and healthy is simply not having the guidance and support. Aware of this, Go Red For Women’s #GoRedGetFit has created an online community where women can go through quarterly 12-week health challenges designed for optimal results, share their personal health goals and struggles, and receive the encouragement and support needed to achieve success.
Through the #GoRedGetFit Facebook group women also have free access to two nationally renowned celebrity fitness trainers: Scott Parker and Lisa Morales sharing tips and advice to be fit and healthy for life. Along with the trainers and online community support, woman can use the American Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity and diet and lifestyle.
Go Red For Women and Macy’s are encouraging #GoRedGetFit participants to share and post their journey and engage others within the online group for a chance to win prizes from Go Red For Women and Macy’s throughout the challenge. Additionally, there is a grand prize to the 2018 Red Dress Collection in New York City in February.
This year’s challenge for quarter 1 is “Pep Your Step for Good,” which focuses on daily recommended steps and cholesterol. According to AHA physical activity recommendations, 10,000 steps a day is recommended for a healthy lifestyle.
Need help getting those in? Try participating in the Monday Mile, change up the scenery by trying a new location for outdoors walking, hit the gym, or if you’re stuck indoors most of the day, maximize your work breaks by purchasing a portable stepper.
Here are nine things you should know about cholesterol:
- Cholesterol is a waxy substance that comes from two sources: your body and food. Excess cholesterol can form plaque between layers of artery walls, making it harder for your heart to circulate blood. (Source)
- There are two types of cholesterol: LDL and HDL. Too much of one type — or not enough of another — can put you at risk for coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke. (Source)
- LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible. (Source)
- HDL cholesterol is considered “good” cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries. (Source)
- Triglycerides are another type of fat, and they’re used to store excess energy from your diet. High levels of triglycerides in the blood are associated with atherosclerosis. Elevated triglycerides can be caused by overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol consumption and a diet very high in carbohydrates (more than 60 percent of total calories). (Source)
- Lp(a) is a genetic variation of LDL (bad) cholesterol. A high level of Lp(a) is a significant risk factor for the premature development of fatty deposits in arteries. Lp(a) isn’t fully understood, but it may interact with substances found in artery walls and contribute to the buildup of fatty deposits. (Source)
- The American Heart Association recommends all adults age 20 or older have their cholesterol, and other traditional risk factors, checked every four to six years. (Source)
- Your total cholesterol score is calculated using the following equation: HDL + LDL + 20 percent of your triglyceride level. (Source)
- Making healthy eating choices and increasing exercise are important first steps in improving your cholesterol. For some people, cholesterol-lowering medication may also be needed to reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke. (Source)
Summer is perfect to work on your health and fitness goals. Why not step outside of your comfort zone of going it alone, and connect with a health challenge that will motivate you to turn healthy behaviors into lifelong habit in a fun and engaging way! Join Go Red For Women’s #GoRedGetFit challenge to get started on your way to a healthier lifestyle!
he #GoRedGetFit Challenge: Pep Your Step for Good
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease (and stroke) in women.
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