Working out, eating well rounded meals, consuming enough calories to fuel your body – those are the bricks and mortar of a healthy lifestyle. Knowledge; knowledge is the foundation though.
Last week I wrote about my big white wedding dress not fitting. That pivotal moment in my life was the tipping point where I decided to abandon my unhealthy habits and get my act together.
Since that post, it got me thinking: where to start? I already talked about running being my favorite way to unwind. I guess I could blog about interval or strength training, setting realistic expectations, or keeping a food journal. But then it occurred to me: maybe I should break it down even more. I mean, I didn’t know about that stuff a year ago. It took hours of googling, sifting through articles and reading health magazines to build my healthy knowledge foundation.
And that’s when the light bulb flickered on. What’s the most vital thread in the tapestry that’s exercising and leading a healthy lifestyle? The answer: your heart.
17 Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Heart
- Your heart pumps out 2 ounces of blood every heartbeat.
- Your heart pumps approximately 2,500 gallons of blood throughout your body daily.
- Over a 70 year lifespan, the average adult heart will beat 2.5 billion times. That equates to 100,000 times a day or 3,600,000 times a year.
- The average male heart weighs roughly 10 ounces.
- The average male heart beats about 70 beats per minute.
- The average female heart weighs roughly 8 ounces.
- The average female heart beats about 78 beats per minute.
- There’s over 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your circulatory system. That’s enough to stretch around the globe more than twice!
- Blood takes about 20 seconds to circulate throughout your entire body.
- Your heart is slightly larger than the size of your fist.
- Your heart begins beating 22 days after conception.
- The first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, Africa in 1967.
- Contrary to what most people think, your heart is in the middle of your chest.
- A recent study found that individuals who own both a car and TV have a 27% higher risk of having a heart attack than those who own neither.
- According to the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA, individuals who reported drinking four or more cups of coffee a day have an 18% lower risk of hospitalization for heart rhythm disturbances. Individuals who reported drinking one to three cups a day had a 7% reduction in risk.
- Most heart attacks occur between the hours of 8 and 9 AM with Monday being the most “popular” day.
- The risk of heart disease for inactive people is nearly double that of people who get regular exercise.
Stick with me. Every Thursday I’ll publish an informational and informative post about leading a truly healthy lifestyle. Everything from understanding heart rates to working out with heart rate monitors to cross training. That’ll be my weekly Thursday topic from here on out.
Which awesome heart fact is your favorite?!