I have been really busy for the past few weeks in all areas of my life with the Uni job, the Pub job, the logo/banner design job, and any other things that are going on in my life, and it was no surprise that when I had my blood pressure checked on Tuesday morning it was through the roof. I didn?t specifically go out to have it tested but we had a ?Health Promotion Bus? at Uni, and I thought it?d be worth squeezing it in. They took my reading and came out with the figures 150/115. I never really know what these figures mean [find out here] but apparently those are very high.
Normal is less than 120 over 80
Luckily I had a finance meeting in Canterbury on the Wednesday and I found out they were doing health tests there too. It was a nice sunny day and I was quite chilled, so I had my blood pressure tested again and explained that I?d had it tested yesterday too, and my readout this time was 134/82. I was quite relieved. It?s still not as low as it should be and I should see it as a warning as it falls into the Prehypertension range, which means that I don?t have high blood pressure now but am likely to develop it in the future. If I can adopt a more healthy lifestyle then I can prevent this.
I think certain things like high blood pressure and high cholesterol are things that we put to the back of our mind as they are invisible qualities with little effect on us in the present. I?m glad that I?ve been able to quantify my blood pressure as it gives me a record of my health and has shown that if I don?t change a few things then I could be in big trouble.