President's Message - February 2018
by Lisa Denig, Esq.
You may have noticed that we have “Gone Red” this issue in recognition of the fact that February is “Heart Month.” February was first designated as “Heart Month” by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and has been recognized as such ever since.
The purpose of “Heart Month” is to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and the numbers are staggering – on average, someone dies from cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds. While many people believe that heart disease affects mainly men, this is a myth – heart disease is the number one leading cause of death for women and roughly the same number of women and men die each year from heart attacks or strokes.
Much has been done in recent years to raise awareness of this fact. Again, this month, on February 2, 2018, women and men will “Go Red” on National Wear Red Day to bring attention to what is often termed “the silent killer.” If you are able to participate in a “Go Red” event, please take the opportunity to raise funds and promote education regarding healthy ways to avoid cardiovascular disease.
The WWBA has been an active participant in promoting “Heart Month” in the past and this year will be no exception. Cardio exercise, in whatever form you enjoy most, is critical to maintaining heart health. As many of you already know, I am a certified spin instructor and I am passionate about getting people up off the couch. To that end, I will be conducting a “Learn to Spin” fundraiser on February 10, 2018, at 1 PM at the Scarsdale location of New York Sports Club. The fee for the class is $20 and all proceeds collected will be donated to the American Heart Association, through the WWBA Foundation.
This class is aimed at people who are afraid to simply walk in and try a spin class on their own. I will guide you on how to properly set up your bike, correct body alignment, and what the different resistance levels are and how to achieve them. Then, I will take you through an abbreviated half-hour ride where you can put your new-found knowledge to work. This class will be a “safe space” for those who may have been intimidated in this past by this form of exercise. With the proper guidance and introduction, you might love it so much that you become a spin instructor one day too!
If you cannot attend the spin class or you simply are not interested in spinning, I encourage you find a cardio format that you enjoy, and then invite a friend to join you in that endeavor. Numerous studies show that working out with a “buddy” increases long-term exercise participation. And, by all means, choose something that is fun. It can be brisk walking, Zumba class, swimming, tennis or other team and individual sports. Raising your heart rate for at least 45 minutes, 3-4 times a week should be your goal.
And now I can finally use my catch phrase in a way that makes sense – Lace up your sneakers and meet me in spin class on February 10th!