Here is Michael Clarke Duncan playing one of my favorite roles as John Coffey in The Green Mile.
It’s hard to believe that this young, larger than life man is dead.
With his sad, untimely death and a heart attack in my own family that feels like yesterday, I’m compelled to talk about the human heart and to give it the attention it deserves.
Certainly we all know what the heart does and how to keep it healthy, but do we do it?
Does the old “Outta sight, outta mind” apply here?
It’s easy to look in the mirror and see something that we don’t like and try to change it.
- Your hair
- Your skin
- Your clothes
- Your body shape
The focus; however, needs to be on the inside (which will ultimately affect the outside.) Of course, we can’t always avoid problems with our organs ~ after all, they wear with time and there are family medical histories to consider and how we’re individually put together from birth.
That’s not an excuse to lay down and take it, though, and all is not lost. We do have some say in how our heart functions. It’s our duty to ourselves and our families to give our hearts the best shot possible to do what they need to do. Even if our heart fails and we need repairs, we know that we’ve done everything possible to give it the best chance to keep beating and doing what it needs to do.
Here’s Potsie with a refresher on what that means exactly ~
Sorry ~ that’s pretty much gonna be stuck in your head all day..
There is information galore about what to do to help your heart, but I’ve picked through the simplest ones for us all to live by:
- Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit. It can be done.
- Exercise between 30-60 minutes a day. That means break a sweat ~ get your heart pumping.
- Eat fresh homemade meals instead of processed foods. I know this is tough ~ I, for one, hate to cook ~ but it doesn’t have to be complex.
- Fill your day with fruits and vegetables. They’re portable, already portion controlled and require no cooking.
- Avoid or reduce stress and maintain a positive attitude. Breathe, baby, breathe..
Numbers 1 and 4 are easy ~ we can all start those today with little to no problem. Yeeeeees, we can. First, eating fruits and veggies is about the simplest thing in the world to do. And…I know smoking is cool and all, but that was like in the 50s ~ it’s not cool anymore.
Quitting can be done ~ I’m living proof.
I’ll be continuing this series on the heart next week, which will go through the ways we can all do 1 through 5 and do our part to stay around a little longer and reduce those awful heart attack statistics.
Rest in peace, Michael, your superlative acting and your obvious warm heart will surely be missed.
Do you all have any strategies for keeping your heart healthy? Any suggestions to share on how we can all keep pumping our blood a little longer? Share them here in the comments!