B Fit PT tackle hypertension, a condition responsible for nearly 13% of deaths worldwide.
With May 17th being World Hypertension Day, B Fit PT is putting the focus on helping people reduce hypertension. According to the World Health Organisation, over a billion people worldwide suffer from hypertension. Hypertension is defined as either having abnormally high blood pressure or being in a state of great psychological stress.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases people’s risk of both heart attack and stroke so it is vital that steps are taken to control it, and B Fit PT are offering a free consultation between May 17th to the end of the month.
“People should pay close attention to their blood pressure levels. Often, people with dangerously high levels have no signs or symptoms indicating they are suffering from high blood pressure. Hypertension is a huge risk factor when it comes to cardiovascular and kidney disease,” says Kev Foley, owner of B Fit PT.
Research published in the journal ‘Hypertension’ found that exercising four hours per week could drop your risk of high blood pressure by nearly 20 percent. An August 2014 study by the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care also found that people who get a lot of exercise are less likely to develop hypertension than those who do not.
” If people want to avoid health problems down the road, keeping your blood pressure in check is key. And a great way to do that is through regular exercise,” says Kev.
Six ways getting more exercise can help reduce hypertension:
1. It strengthens your heart and cardiovascular system – to improve your cardiovascular, increase your exercise duration, increase your exercise intensity and incorporate interval training into your workout routine.
2. It improves your circulation and helps your body use oxygen better – proper blood circulation plays a vital role in your overall health. Any type of exercise that increases your heart rate improves your circulation.
3. It increases your energy level so you can do more activities without becoming tired or short of breath – low-intensity may help boost energy levels in people suffering from fatigue.
4. It helps reduce stress, tension, anxiety and depression – exercise pumps up your endorphins (your brain’s feel good neurotransmitters) and has been proven to quickly put people in a better mood.
5. It boosts your self-image and self-esteem – the more self-confident you are the less likely you are to stress about upcoming situations and events in your life.
6. It helps you get a better night’s sleep – a 2008 study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that “an acute session of moderate aerobic exercises can reduce the anxiety state and improve the sleep quality of insomnia patients.” According to an article on the Mayo Clinic website, “People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or worsening already high blood pressure.”
“We feel that hypertension is such an important issue that in addition to a free fitness consultation, we’re also offering people two free training sessions, which will help to improve their confidence and knowledge about exercising with hypertension. Hypertension is a silent killer, but it doesn’t have to be if people are willing to take action against it,” says Kev.