February is Heart Month

Since this month is all about trying to raise awareness of how to maintain a healthy heart, I thought I would combine some resources and challenges which are being run by organisations such as the British Heart Foundation so you can start actively sharing the knowledge.

Over 1.6 million men and over 1 million women are living with coronary heart disease (CHD) according to HeartUk, so it is essential that awareness around this topic promoted. As a fitness professional, you can do your part this month to spread education and awareness on heart-related topics.

Firstly, if you aren’t already aware the British Heart Foundation has a fantastic website full of resources and helpful information, so ensure you head there for information to share in your emails, on social media or to direct your clients to for further support.

This month they are challenging everyone to take 10 minutes every day to make small changes for a healthier heart. They have challenge chart templates for people to use too, see here: https://www.bhf.org.uk/publications/being-active/10-minutes-to-change-your-life—time-to-get-moving-challenge-chart

The topic area’s where you could provide some education in bite-sized amounts and help guide people include:

  • Move more: most people don’t realise the recommended amount of exercise is at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Is there a way you can help educate them on that? Can you give them ideas of how to build in activity and exercise?
  • Alcohol consumption: educate people on the importance of staying under 14 units of alcohol per week. Some people don’t understand what a unit is, so help them understand. How many calories are in their average drinks…maybe create a factsheet for their understanding!
  • Nutrition: educate over a period of time about healthy balanced food choices, hydration and salt.
  • Take measurements: can you encourage people to become aware of the amount of fat they have, particularly around their abdomen?

People need multiple and consistent reminders to help change their lifestyle habits for the long term so it’s important we remember this and regularly address these topic areas.

Make sure you understand what are considered healthy numbers for blood pressure and cholesterol so you can furthermore support your clients. Read our blog on ‘Know Your Numbers’ to find a clear infographic highlighting these too: https://puretraininganddevelopment.co.uk/know-your-numbers-infographic/

Share the ‘leading a healthy lifestyle Infographic with your clients too: https://puretraininganddevelopment.co.uk/healthy-lifestyle-infographic/

For even more resources which include workplace challenges, head here: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/preventing-heart-disease/heart-month1

I hope you find this blog helpful and look forward to hearing how you promote heart health awareness this month. Share over on our Facebook group.