Every Monday, I drag myself out of bed at 5 am so I can get to the gym and teach a cardio dance class. I committed myself to teach this class because it always gets rid of the Monday Morning Blues. Also know as the, "Weekend Flu," it's that dragging feeling people get when they have to get back into the work groove after a couple days off. For me, dancing with a bunch of fun people while working up a light sweat does the trick.
But, science shows it is also may be helping me avoid a very serious health issue...
The most common day of the week for a heart attack to occur is Monday.
Most heart attacks hit during the early morning hours between 4-10 a.m. when blood platelets are stickier and increased adrenaline released from the adrenal glands can trigger rupture of plaques in coronary arteries. Heart attacks occurring between 6 a.m. and noon were associated with the most damage, in a study reported in the cardiology journal Heart.
Certain things increase your chances of a Monday morning heart attack.
Many heart attack survivors can point to a specific incident that seemed to trigger the attack: heavy exertion, stress, anger, fear, grief, extreme hot or cold weather, heavy drinking, eating a large meal, or (rarely) having sex.
When I think about my Monday morning dance ritual, it counteracts those potential triggers as follows:
- It's light exercise, not heavy exertion.
- It's impossible to feel stressed or angry when you are laughing and dancing to upbeat music.
- The dance moves distract me, so no time to feel fear or grief.
- I can dress accordingly to keep the temperature issues in check.
- It makes sure I don't party like a rock star or overeat on Sunday's because dancing would be too uncomfortable.
- And well, dancing gives the same endorphin high as the horizontal hustle.
But, even with all these advantages, there is one thing I have going for me that is really helping me avoid a Monday morning heart attack...
Hating your job is not good for your health (Especially, your heart!).
It turns out, hating your work has five major negative impacts on your health. They include:
- gaining weight
- lower immune system
- ruin important relationships
- rob you of sleep
- increase risk of health issues (like heart attacks!)
Thus, if changing employers or switching careers feels like your best option for being happier on Monday mornings, then you now have some solid motivation to do so. Getting some career support so you can mitigate the health risks could just save your from becoming a Monday morning heart attack statistic!