Every day in the UK, 350 people have a stroke or heart attack that could have been prevented*, which is why award-winning fitness app, Gymondo, is backing Blood Pressure UK’s Know Your Numbers! Week, from September 5 to 11.
High blood pressure is a risk factor for a range of illnesses, including stroke, heart disease and vascular dementia.
One of the best ways to reduce blood pressure is through healthy living and healthy eating, which is where Gymondo’s holistic and long-term approach to wellness can help.
Its app is home to more than 40 workout programs (ranging from two to 12 weeks), and more than 500 workouts (from 10 to 30 minutes).
Gymondo provides an industry-leading choice of classes to help a safe level of aerobic exercise, from guided running and walking, dance and meditation, to yoga, barre and pilates, all in the hands of Gymondo’s expert fitness trainers.
Plus it features thousands of healthy, simple-to-follow recipes, to make it even easier to bring down your blood pressure by cutting back on salt and saturated fats.
This year is the 22nd anniversary of Blood Pressure UK’s Know your Numbers! Week. The charity is encouraging people to get their blood pressure checked. Then to modify their lifestyle if necessary and manage their blood pressure and health to beat this “silent killer”.
As high blood pressure usually has no symptoms, the first sign can often be a heart attack or stroke. *One in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure and one in two strokes and heart attacks are the result of hypertension (high blood pressure).
Here are some of the top ways you can help to bring your blood pressure under control:
Get your nutrition right
What you eat can make a big difference to your blood pressure quickly and naturally. Getting your five-a-day while cutting back on salt and saturated fats will help.
Gymondo’s community has access to a complete nutrition plan where users can log their nutrition and track their progress.
There are also thousands of recipes to help you swap out the high-carb products filled with sugar and white flour in favour of complex carbohydrates with lots of fibre. Cutting down on caffeine, alcohol and stopping smoking can also help to lower blood pressure.
Getting active and exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your blood pressure. The government recommends every adult should be moderately active for 30 minutes a day, five times a week.
Moderate activity is something that makes you feel warmer and makes you breathe harder, but you should still be able to talk without panting between words! Gymondo believes the best way to get active is to do something you enjoy.
That’s why there is a huge range of workouts on the app. So if you want to dance to hip hop, latin or jazz, practise barre , crunch your core, go for a fun jog with guided running, or try a bit of yoga or pilates then you’re sure to find something to suit you.
Keep to a safe weight
Being over your recommended weight forces your heart to work harder to pump blood around your body, which can raise your blood pressure.
Losing even 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure – and losing weight has the biggest effect on those who are over their recommended weight and already have hypertension.
A firm advocate of there being no one-size-fits-all when it comes to fitness, Gymondo is dedicated to helping users to reach and sustain long-term health and fitness goals.
Whether the goal is to lose weight, get toned, build muscle or increase flexibility, it aims to empower people to create lifelong healthy habits and routines. For users who would like to lose weight to improve their health, there are a range of progress measures.
Sign up at https://www.gymondo.com/en/checkout/package/ or download the app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/gymondo-fitness-yoga/id1011796416
Flexible membership options from £9.99 a month or £59.90 for 12 months.
- Average programming commitment of 3 x 30 min/week training
- Unlimited access to over 35 workout programmes and 350 workouts
- Available online, offline on Smartphone & TV Apps
- Life happens — pause or cancel at any time
- Meal planning made easy to suit your dietary needs or preferences with 1000+ delicious healthy recipes
- All-access membership to 35+ fitness programs, from HIIT, pilates, yoga, weight training & mobility programs for all fitness levels
Gymondo offers a 7-day trial period free of charge and users can cancel at any time.
To discover more about Gymondo, visit https://www.gymondo.com/en/