Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries – the vessels that carry your blood from your heart to your brain and the rest of your body. You need a certain amount of pressure to get the blood moving round your body.
Your blood pressure naturally goes up and down throughout the day and night, and it’s normal for it to go up while you’re moving about. It’s when your overall blood pressure is consistently high (hypertension), even when you are resting, that you need to make some changes. Hypertension means that your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. High blood pressure is serious, it can lead to heart and circulatory diseases like a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, heart failure and vascular dementia.
What can you do?
High blood pressure does not normally present with symptoms, instead making sure you have your blood pressure taken regularly will pick up any abnormalities.
At LEAR we have included this vital piece of information within our LEAR Health Assessment to offer all our clients the opportunity to monitor their blood pressure without requiring their own machine at home. Monitoring blood pressure also ensures all clients are assigned the optimum exercise prescription for both their heart health and current capabilities. Our Health Partners will ensure this information is utilised to tailor your training appropriately, whether it be in a 1:1 session or a class.