Knowledge On Blood Pressure And Workout Plan
Systolic(top number)pressure as defined in the text would be the "aspect of a blood pressure reading which indicates the maximum arterial pressure occurring during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart" (Hatfield, 2018, p.398).
Diastolic (bottom number) pressure as defined in the text is the "pressure exerted on the walls of the blood vessels during the refilling of the heart" (Hatfield, 2018, p.398).
Many factors can influence blood pressure ranges. If you have a client who meets the criteria of a "smoker, has high cholesterol, has diabetes, or takes certain medications"(Mayo Clinic, 2018) then you will have to take that into consideration when developing their work out plan. It is important from the start to build that rapport with your client so you are on the same page with their health background.
Lacy(myself) Blood pressure is 128/88. The systolic is 128 and the diastolic is 88. I am 32 years old and work out five to six days a week. I have moderate stress in the workplace. My workout consists of thirty minutes of cardio on the treadmill or elliptical, then I target a specific muscle group each day for my strength training rotation. According to my systole and diastole range I can conclude that my systolic is in the normal range, but my diastolic is in the high normal range. Another variable that comes into play is that I take a blood pressure medicine daily and that keeps me at a consistent level. Typically I run 128/82 on a day I have worked out for an hour and a half, then before bedtime, my numbers change to 110/76 so they fall in the optimal level.
My co-worker Kim has given me permission to use her name for this study. Shehas a blood pressure reading of 98/70. The systolic reading is 98 and the diastolic at 70 to where she would fall into the level of optimal. She is 45 years old and has high stress as a single mom. Her workouts are considered therapeutic for heras she goes to the YMCA three to four days a week. She does not take blood pressure medicine. Her workout consists of thirty minutes on the elliptical at a pace of 4-5 mph, then she changes up the pace and walks at a pace 3 for two minutes. She then also targets a specific muscle group, and some days if she has time she will use free weights to switch up from the machine routine (Reuter, 2018).
A correlation I have with Kim is how similar our workout routines match up. We both agree that targeting different muscle groups on different days is a healthy routine so we can focus on that particular area on the body. We also agree that cardio is a good way to start our workouts and help loosen our bodies as a warm-up so we can reduce the chance of pulling a muscle. I did find it interesting that I am on a blood pressure medicine and have moderate stress, and Kim takes no blood pressure medicine but has high stress levels. I can see how hereditary traits can also play a role as high blood pressure runs on both sides of my family, and Kim's family does not have a history of blood pressure issues.
Having knowledge on blood pressure will help me as a personal trainer as it will help me develop a workout plan for clients who have this as part of their health background. I will be able to construct a workout specifically to where I am taking into consideration their limitations and help instruct them on the importance of listening to their body. I would help educate them that if they are"new to exercising, begin slowly and incrementally increase the length and intensity of their workouts" (Sullivan, 2014). I would also have them monitor there blood pressure readings and make sure they have consulted with their primary care doctor before starting a workout regime.