A foundation of fitness..... your blood pressure

Updated: Mar 13

One thing that constantly gets overlooked by fitness enthusiasts is blood pressure. Not often do many personal trainers talk about blood pressure in articles or blogs. The usual topics are sets, reps, diets, new routines, re-invented exercises that are not actually new...........

Everybody should know their blood pressure before embarking on any exercise programme. It is the most essential and important piece of information that gets overlooked by many. Why do you need to know your blood pressure?

It is an indicator to how healthy you and your circulatory system are. Let us take hypertension, as an example (high blood pressure). Many have had this condition and not known about it, as contrary to belief......"I don't feel dizzy or have any headaches? So, I am okay".

High blood pressure, more often than not doesn't show any symptoms at all, and unlikely you would be dizzy or have any headaches. Hypertension is a silent killer and if unchecked, the damage it causes is widespread and serious. Damage to kidneys, heart and eyes for starters are possible.

A textbook blood pressure reading is 120/80. A textbook pulse (beats per minute is between 60/80 beats per minute). Obviously allowing for activity day to day, these numbers are just a guide.

As a mobile personal trainer, your pulse can still be checked out in the field, and in the home environment your blood pressure can be checked with a monitor.

If I program in the exercise referral context, then certain exercises like isometric positions (a plank for example) would be avoided as these type of exercises cause blood pressure to soar.

So what ways can hypertension be managed? Physical activity for sure. The more physically active you are, the more likely your lungs are more efficient in utilising oxygen. This lowers blood pressure. Relaxation periods and medication prescribed by your doctor are also ways that high blood pressure can be managed.

A blood pressure monitor at Graham Fit Personal Training
Blood pressure monitor

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