Understanding Blood Pressure
What does blood pressure mean?
Blood pressure is when your heart beats, then squeezes and pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body, kind of like a boat on a river. In most cases, it’s related to unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking, and too much alcohol, being overweight and not exercising enough.
What is the normal blood pressure range?
We all should have a blood pressure below 120 over 80. Although the risk is lower, athletes aren’t immune to having blood pressure that passes 120/80.
What is a dangerous level of blood pressure?
The lower the blood pressure, the lower the risk is of heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, or heart failure. Below is a chart, in it you can see a normal range of blood pressure vs a more dangerous range of blood pressure.
The Systolic number is the top number on your blood pressure monitor reading. Diastolic is the bottom number. So a 147/86, for example, would be an indication that the blood pressure is getting high and steps need to be taken to bring it down.
What is good blood pressure by age?
People from the ages of 20-40 are most likely to have the ideal blood pressure and are healthier. Ages 15-19 are more likely to have a lower blood pressure witch is ok don’t worry. Ages from 40 and up are more likely to have a way higher blood pressure as you get older.
Some Things That Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
Exercise is the #1 thing that can lower your blood pressure. Just 30-45 minutes a day of fast walking or jogging, or using an incline machine at the gym at a 5% incline for 40 minutes while walking is good., Enough to get a good sweat and get your blood pumping.
Here are some other ways to lower your blood pressure…
- Staying Hydrated
- Avoiding Alcohol
- Avoiding fatty foods, such as cheese, chocolate, butter, oil, and fatty meat
- Avoiding sodium-rich foods
- Eating more fruit, such as berries, bananas, and watermelon
- Eating more raw greens, such as kale, spinach, cabbage, and other green leafy veggies; including herbs
- Hibiscus tea or green tea has been said to help with lowering blood pressure