I WANT TO BE FIT AT 50
Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women.
Four times as many women die of heart disease as they do of breast cancer.
Here at The Hoopla, we don’t want to lose any of our precious readers to a disease that is largely preventable. That’s why we have joined the with the Heart Foundation’s GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign.
Jan Dachs took a pre-emptive strike against heart disease – and lost 12 kilos in the process.
“Your cholesterol is too high.” That’s what my doctor was telling me every time I saw her and every time I promised I would make lifestyle changes so I didn’t have to start taking tablets.
That’s why I joined the Heart Foundation Healthy Heart Challenge last year. Having high cholesterol meant I was at higher risk of heart disease, which I was surprised to learn is actually the number one killer of Australian women.
The Challenge gave me the incentive I needed to keep me focussed on my goal.
I started to keep a food diary and realised how often ‘naughty’ foods were slipping into my diet without me realising it.
By October my cholesterol had come down from 6.3 to 5.3 and, as an added bonus, I had also lost 12kg!
What I learned is that it’s never too late to start making changes – just start off small and work up to it slowly. I now manage to do some sort of physical activity – even if it’s a short walk – seven days a week and I feel great!
I’ll be signing up for the Healthy Heart Challenge again this year, because I want to be fit at 50! I hope thousands of other Australian women will join me.