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Love Your Heart with Free Classes Feb. 4

January 31, 2011
Heart disease has often been called the “silent killer”—it’s the number one cause of death of women over age 20. And if you think you’re not at risk, consider this: More than 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, which if controlled could reduce their risk.

To turn these numbers around, the American Heart Association has deemed February 4 to be National Wear Red Day: a day to raise awareness about women’s cardiovascular health. To date, the Go Red for Women campaign has raised more than $200 million for research into lifesaving advances and treatments.

In an effort to encourage women (and men!) to reduce their risk for heart disease, Yen Yoga & Fitness is offering free classes to anyone who comes in to the studio wearing red on February 4. Physical activity is one of the best ways to combat the risk of heart disease, and we’ve got plenty of classes to get you moving!

If you’d like to participate, just (1) check out our online class schedule for February 4, (2) sign up for a class—anything from pilates to spinning to yoga—and (3) come in to class wearing something red. In the meantime, read on for the American Heart Association’s best defenses against heart disease:

Be active: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week; squeeze it in however you can, from taking the stairs instead of the elevator to picking a parking spot farther away from your destination.

Eat well: Aim for lots of fruits and veggies, unrefined whole grains, and omega-3 rich fish twice a week; reduce your intake of saturated fats, trans fats and sugary drinks, like soda. Try to keep cholesterol under 300 mg per day, and sodium 1,500 mg per day. Treats are fine, just don’t overindulge.

Don’t smoke: It’s never too late to quit! No matter how much or how long you’ve smoked or when you quit smoking, your risk of heart disease and stroke starts to drop. In time your risk will be about the same as if you’d never smoked.

Maintain a healthy weight: Women who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke, even if they are young or have no family history of heart disease. Body Mass Index is the best way to see if you’re at a healthy weight.

For more information on the Go Red for Women campaign and National Wear Red Day, check out goredforwomen.org.

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