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FITNESS DIVAS: Image Gal’s Hearty Race & Ripped Robert Brace Update!

By   |   May 1, 2013   |   Entertainment, Fitness

Our Image Gal Samantha von Sperling is training for the 2013 Wall Street Run & Heart Walk presented by NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City on May 30! Follow her over the next four weeks as she runs for an amazing cause!

I’m a former pro athlete, a dancer, with a family history that was not in my favor, so having two blocked arteries was a total surprise. Genetics — and too much stress — was a recipe for disaster! Because I’m young, fit and female, the damage went almost undetected and misdiagnosed till it was almost too late!

Luckily, that wasn’t the case. Last year I got three stents in my chest — and a new lease on life for my birthday. Heart problems can happen to anyone–even women in their late thirties! That’s why I’m running. You can support me on my donation page and help raise awareness.

Here’s three ways I’ve helped ease into my life after MHI (major heart issue):

Eat Right. That means lots of foods from the garden: fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Your heart will thank you, and so will your waistline!

Get Moving! It’s important to work one of the most important muscles in your body ΓÇô your heart! Try adding a 30-minute brisk walk to your daily routine and lightweight conditioning to strengthen your bones so you can keep moving. A flexibility program, such as yoga or gentle Pilates, is also good for keeping your joints supple.

Listen to your Doctors. It’s not always easy to accept what’s happened to your body after, but it is important to take the necessary steps to care for it after an MHI. Your doctor is a great resource of information.

In Other News… TV DivaGal is still working on getting ripped with celebrity trainer Robert Brace. Tune in next Wednesday for her final post and pics on her new look!

photo credit: Marcus/

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