February 12, 2018
Posted In: Community, Education, Fitness, General Health, General Wellness, Nutrition, Spiritual Wellness
February is traditionally known as Heart Month: matters of Love and matters of physical Heart Health. These are intertwined of course and always good topics to focus on.
Some Heart facts:
The heart starts beating at 3-4 weeks gestation and between fertilization and birth, beats approximately 54 million times, while over the course of an 80-year lifespan, is over 3.2 billion (3.2 × 109) times!
At an average of 70 beats per minute, the heart pumps 5-7 litres per minute and 7,600 litres every day through your entire body.
Blood takes about 20 seconds to circulate throughout the entire vascular system.
In one day, the blood travels a total of 19,300 KM -which is roughly 2.5 times the distance across Canada from Tofino to Labrador.
Your system of blood vessels – arteries, veins and capillaries – is over 60,000 miles long. That’s long enough to go around the world more than twice!
The aorta, the largest artery in the body, is almost the diameter of a garden hose. Capillaries, on the other hand, are so small that it takes ten of them to equal the thickness of a human hair.
Put your hand on your heart. Did you place your hand on the left side of your chest? Many people do, but the heart is actually located almost in the center of the chest, between the lungs. It’s tipped slightly so that a part of it sticks out and taps against the left side of the chest, which is what makes it seem as though it is located there.
Give a tennis ball a good, hard squeeze. You’re using about the same amount of force your heart uses to pump blood out to the body. Even at rest, the muscles of the heart work hard-twice as hard as the leg muscles of a person sprinting.
The heart is dependant on electrical pulses to pump and a resting heart rate is between 49-78 beats per minute.
The physicality of the heart is one major aspect but the matters of LOVE and human connection are equally important. In the energy system of the body, the HEART CHAKRA lies just over the physical heart area. When our heart chakra is open and spinning fully and properly with the rest of our energy chakras, our body is in alignment and flow. The energy and physical bodies are intricately entwined.
Think of these expressions:
“My heart skipped a beat when I met him/her!”
“I was so scared my heart almost stopped!”
Follow your heart!
Have a heart!
I want to have a heart to heart conversation
Have your heart in the right place
To wear your heart on your sleeve
To have a heavy heart
These all relate to the emotions that we feel in our heart centre. Emotions that range from joy, love and happiness to sadness, anger and loss. Being in our body and in our Heart Centre can help us be more in touch with ourselves and more connected to others.
Take care of your heart in all ways for a longer, happier, healthier life!