World Heart Day is a campaign run by the World Heart Federation and promotes having a healthy heart. My little boy was born with a heart condition called Supraventricular Tachycardia or SVT as it is more commonly known (said in full it’s a bit of a mouthful!). Heart health had never been on my list of priorities prior to having my son but when I did some research for this blog I discovered that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one killer.

This surprised me especially with cancer on the rise and the press coverage it is getting at the moment. If someone were to ask me the world’s biggest killer I would have said cancer without hesitation. So this surprising fact got me think about what me and my family do about our heart health.

Our lifestyle

We have always looked after our little boy, he naturally gets exercise through all the play and running around he does. His childminder has commented on more than a few occasions that he is one of the most active children she has ever looked after. He’s like a Duracell bunny! When the other older children are too tired to walk to the car our little boy refuses the pram and insists on walking/running through the park back to the car.

Balloon hearts in the sky. Photography credit: Christopher Beloch
Balloon hearts in the sky. Photography credit: Christopher Beloch

We have also watched his diet. I cook his food from scratch and he loves his vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, fruit etc. In fact I can’t think of any food that he really doesn’t like. We limit his fatty foods and sugary snacks although his Grandad’s are both known to sneak him a Jelly Baby or two on occasion.

We are aware that we don’t necessarily look after ourselves as much as we should though. We both exercise but could definitely do more. Most mornings I do a short workout guided by Alexa, my husband probably goes running once a week and he walks the dog every day. I join in the dog walks at the weekends.

Our diet is good in the sense that it is varied and we eat lots of fruit and veg. It’s not good in the sense that we snack a lot in between and could both do to lose a little weight.

The promise

This World Heart Day you are being encouraged to promise to do more for your heart. I am going to promise to eat more healthily. I am not promising but I will also try to exercise more. I actually love exercise but between looking after a toddler and working full time I struggle to fit in any more than my 20 minute morning routine.

Share and inspire

Well I don’t think I can make it any more public that sharing it in a blog. I hope that this will inspire others to join in as it’s so important to look after ourselves, after all no one else is going to do this for us.

Hanging paper hearts. Photography credit: Clem Onojeghuo
Hanging paper hearts. Photography credit: Clem Onojeghuo

Keep your promise

Here’s the biggie, keeping the promise. I find that it is much easier to keep a promise to myself if I tell someone else. It helps with keeping myself accountable. It also helps if you have someone doing something similar so you can support each other. My husband does all the cooking so I have told him about my plans to be healthier with my meal and snack choices. So now I have someone to support me and hold me accountable (I did have to promise I wouldn’t bite his head off if he reminded me of this promise if I go off track).

The groups

I will put a thread in the preemie groups so if you would like to join them and make your promise then feel free to come and join us at the:

Preemie Support Community UK

Preemie Parent Community UK