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Local business owner works to promote heart health

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Updated: 2/18/2013 9:19 am Published: 2/17/2013 8:19 pm

February is ‘American Heart Month’ and more and people are working to take control of their health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. According to the CDC approximately 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States every year.

Leah Ashlock followed her heart and her head when she opened Carbon Pilates studio in Tulsa. Her studio offers cardiovascular exercise with Pilates based workouts.

Leah tells FOX23 part of her desire to open the studio stems from her family’s predisposition to heart disease. Despite being in tip-top shape, at 37-years-old old she suffered a stroke.

“I am the walking poster child of you never know what is going on in your body unless you find out,” said Leah.

Spinning, elliptical and treadmills are present in the Pilates studio because Leah says cardiovascular health is a key component to over-all health.

“I wanted to make sure that if I was going to be heart healthy with my face and my name tied to health,” said Leah, “We had to include the heart as well.”

Leah recommends doing weight or resistance training two to three times a week. She suggests completing 30 minutes of daily cardiovascular training up to five days a week.

Leah says she hopes the studio will do more than just elevate heart rates but encourage enthusiasm for fitness and healthy life styles.

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