I'm beyond blessed to have a healthy body. I've mentioned in previous blogs that I am the oldest surviving male in my family. My father died at 56, my uncle at 36 and my grandfather at 48. All three died of heart disease. When I approached my father's age, my sons kept a death vigil for me. They expected me to croak any second. Thankfully, I disappointed them.
When I was young in my marriage, I had a heart-attack. I was 32. At the time, I was a committed body builder with about 8% body fat. When my heart blew up, I was stunned. My doctor said, "No matter how strong your body is, if your heart is no good, you die." That was a stark way of putting it, but I got the message.
I started cycling shortly after. That was a lot of years ago and I have cycled all over the country. I spent 13 years teaching Spinning®. That improved my cardiovascular system. I was tested at the University of Denver in 2006 on a metabolic cart which is designed to test your heart under athletic stress. It showed my heart was incredibly strong. All of those years of cardio exercise have paid off. I still carry on a similar level of cardio exercise today.
Another life change I made after my heart attack was monitoring my heart during exercise. I wear a heart-rate monitor during every workout. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, I have a heart-rate monitor on. The image to the right is one of my 2016 workouts. I also do an EKG with a cardio-mobile every day. I share that information with my doctor during my annual physical.
Because of my family history, I don't take any days above ground lightly. Each one is a gift, and I appreciate them. I've had an annual physical every year since I was 32. Early on, I wanted to make sure I could be around for my sons during their most critical formative years. Now, my goal is to see my granddaughter grow up and start her life as an adult. That goal gives me a great deal of motivation to stay healthy, continue to exercise and to eat well. I am thankful for a healthy body.
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