BP: 153/93. Monday morning.
Time to put away the blue chips and salsa and guac and pizza. The Super Bowl is over. The holidays are over. Time to consider hypertension. Time to take it seriously. Risk of stroke? How is that even possible. My numbers have always, always been so healthy. Apparently not anymore. I have been doing some movements at home, strict press, and SDHP, and rowing, but the movements lack intensity, I’m not getting my heart rate up to anywhere near high intensity at 80% of my maximum heart rate. If I am to ever achieve the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) again—and lose some weight and get my BP down—I need to start moving and doing so with some level of intensity.
"HIIT is a combination of brief, very-high-intensity bursts of cardio exercise followed by equal or longer periods of rest. Think 30 seconds to a minute of sprinting, followed by a minute or two of walking or slow jogging. Repeat this cycle for just 10 minutes, and you’ll complete a HIIT workout."
The key to HIIT is pushing your heart rate up above 80% of its maximum, Astorino says. Subtract your age from 220 to estimate your maximal heart rate, then multiply by 0.80.
The question being, how seriously do I take my health and well being.