How an Aurora BayCare caridologist keeps his family's hearts healthy

Monday, February 16, 2015

By: Matthew A. Schmidt, MD

As a father of young children, I want to stay healthy for years to come and, together with my wife, there are many ways we keep fit in order to see our children grow into adulthood.


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I know the important role cardiovascular fitness plays in long-term health, and being a cardiologist with Aurora BayCare Cardiology, I see the effects for people who have made positive lifestyle changes. Getting and staying fit earlier in life makes it much easier to be healthier later in life. With my family in mind, I do many things to assure I’m in good shape as I get older.


For us, it all starts in the kitchen. One of my favorite things to do is to prepare healthy meals for our family with my wife. In addition to keeping us healthy, it’s a great way to get our kids to start eating right too. Most of our meals involve large portions of vegetables (some of which we grow in our own garden) and sensible portions of meat. A balanced diet is essential and we’re careful not to add any unnecessary amounts of salt to our diets. When not making a full meal, our snacks tend to be healthy, like unsalted peanuts, and fresh fruit is always available in the house.


As anyone with children knows, they can be high-energy and keeping up with them takes a lot. We often take our kids to the local parks and burn off some of this liveliness with them. We really enjoy this time and find there are few better ways to spend time with our kids. We also take long walks on the local trails, and when we go to the store, we park as far away as feasible to get a little extra exercise in. It’s also a great way to prevent door dings!


When I have some time to myself in the summer, I take bike rides of 12-15 miles almost every day. It’s a great way to get some low-impact cardio in while enjoying summer. There are some great trails in the area to explore by yourself, or with your entire family. I recommend taking some time to get heart healthy; not only for yourself, but for those you love.

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