We are well aware of the studies that indicate women need to exercise in order to be healthy and maintain a healthy heart. An old Nike t-shirt that reads EVERY DAMN DAY reminds us of what it takes to stay on a healthy path. We know that healthy bodies protect us from injury and some illnesses. I have read many medical studies about the use of various pieces of aerobic and weight training equipment and learned that people over 60 can actually reverse bone loss by working out. Little doubt exists about the value of physical exercise for our hearts. Some women run, others bike, still others walk gingerly and slowly, nevertheless they are exercising for their hearts.
An old proverb reminds us that there is another kind of exercise to maintain a healthy heart…
“A good exercise for the heart is bending down and helping someone to get up.“
In our country, we step up in time of need to help one another. We have seen this recently with regard to the support offered the families who lost children in CT, in people risking their lives to help others after the Boston Marathon bombing, and after the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. When something catastrophic occurs, Americans help others through the tragedy. People bend “down and help someone to get up.”
I believe the proverb also reminds us that it is good for the heart to bend down and help another during ordinary times, during our every day. The opportunities are abundant! It might be a simple smile or a greeting to a stranger as you pass by. It might be allowing someone with just a few grocery items to step ahead of your fully loaded carriage. It’s a sandwich for someone who lives on the street, holding the elevator door for someone quickly approaching, and offering to help another carry her packages. It is doing some of those random acts of kindness we talked about a few years back, and seem to have forgotten about. Bending down to help brighten anothers’ day is healthy exercise for the heart.
“A good exercise for the heart is bending down and helping someone to get up.”
While I am committed to, almost fanatical about, my daily exercise routine for my heart, I certainly can do a bit more bending down and helping others. We are more aware of doing these things during the holiday season, yet high SUCCESSTROGEN women do them as a matter of their day, every day throughout the year. For as long as I am able, I will continue to exercise and as long as I am able, I am going to make sure that just as often, every day, I bend down and help someone get up…and therefore exercise my heart!