Where to begin is sometimes a common question for enthusiastic bloggers who want to get on with the business of writing up an inspirational or thought-provoking post that is going to capture the imagination or grab the full attention of their readers. I have been thinking along these lines. I was thinking about my previous post where I set out to gain your attention on the importance of looking after your heart on both the physiological and emotional level.

I think I have got off to a good start because my thoughts on the importance of achieving fitness levels are starting to come together nicely. It is all very well to have a good ticker, as they say, but work still needs to be done to ensure that the human heart stays healthy. I thought about those who have been afflicted by heart attacks and have been fortunate enough to have survived them. Those people who survived their heart attacks drastically changed their lives around for the better.

Today they live to tell the tale of the tape as the boxing and weight loss jargons go. In boxing parlance, commentators draw quick comparisons of the two prize fighters’ progress reports, as in how many fights they have lost and how many fights they have won. They also give measurements of the boxers’ anatomies, ranging from the width of their biceps to their overall weight. Professional and Olympic competitions categorize boxers in accordance with their weight mainly.

Weight training and hours of road work are two very important aspects of their fitness techniques. It is a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training. In this case, while many boxers are gifted with attractive looking sets of muscles, it isn’t so much their physical attractiveness that is important but rather how strong they are in the ring. They also have to be quite agile on their feet in one of the most strenuous sports for both men and women. Yes, it’s true; women are boxing too, not just for sport but for good physical exercise.

The tale of the tape extends inspirationally to the morbidly obese who are generally at great risk of contracting heart disease and putting themselves further at risk of suffering from heart attacks. Now, why would their stories be inspirational? Those who take it upon themselves to make the physical and emotional effort to lose weight often succeed because they dutifully adopt the expert lessons of healthy eating and living. Their mission in life becomes two-fold. They are not just losing weight; they are doing other things as well to give their bodies and minds, and heart a good chance of surviving and thriving.

Their fitness techniques are not unlike those of the professional boxers but they are certainly a lot less strenuous. That should be encouraging news for those of you who need to shed those excess kilograms (or pounds). A combination of aerobic and strength training is essential. Also, where heart health is concerned, cardiovascular exercise is extremely important. This form of exercise entails the need to be elevating and exerting. By this is meant that certain exercises such as skipping rope or lifting weights needs to be just strenuous enough to cause the exerciser to increase his or her heart rate to a certain beats per minute rate.

If exercise is low-key, causing little or no exertion, no all-round benefits accrue. Fitness levels don’t budge a heartbeat, weight loss is modest and cardiovascular strengthening doesn’t come about. Also important for the weight-loss trainer is their daily eating plan. For heart attack victims, the implementation of a balanced and healthy eating plan is non-negotiable. Previously, high levels of salt, sugar and fatty content intake, along with a grossly sedentary lifestyle and high stress levels, placed overweight men and women at risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes.