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So here we are again. A few degrees on the thermometer, and many of you are trying to wiggle your way into a swimsuit or a pair of shorts. Why?
Is this a right of passage for a change in seasons? It shouldn’t be, but for women, it often is. But really IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE; and not just in seasons.
I’ve often wondered, what keeps people from asking for help? Fear of being perceived as a failure? If it’s securing a personal trainer’s help, fear of how hard you will be asked to work? Money? Time? Commitment?
As a nurse, I’ve seen people at their worst; and not just physically. That part is often more fixable. Sometimes it isn’t, if we’re talking what’s thought of as a chronic condition. But even then, chronic doesn’t mean daily. And it doesn’t mean the condition isn’t amenable to change. That being said, if you are struggling, what keeps you from asking for help? This is where I need your help.
Tell me your fears are if you are struggling with a sense of what nutrition, or incorporating more activity into your life means to you. I’d also like to hear from you if you just finished physical therapy or cardiac rehab, and want a little more supervised exercise.
A change of seasons needn’t only refer to weather conditions. Seasons can also herald replacing old attitudes & behaviors with newer fresher ones. And finding out how to do this, can start here & now.
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This has been a series which for me, is personal. When I decided to take my nursing expertise from the after thought of health, to the forefront, i.e. PREVENTATIVE, I’ve had little support. There are those who see this as WHY DON’T YOU STAY IN YOUR LANE, AS A NURSE? WELL, unless I’m driving, that advice for me does not apply.
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Here is the 3rd installment of my video series. Fourth & final video will be posted shortly.
Ready to continue on this journey? Spring is a time of renewal; on many levels. Perhaps your renewal begins with a new outlook, an approach to fitness you haven’t contemplated previously. Here is the 3rd installment in this series. 4rh and final will be up soon.
This the second installment in my series MOVE MORE EAT LESS; REALLY? Will be adding 3rd & 4th part shortly.
This comes from someone who is trying to improve/continue on a fitness journey. He is on a blood pressure medication, as well as a beta blocker. The latter is dropping his heart rate.
Let’s start with the basics.
Blood pressure is largely regulated by the kidneys. Medications given to regulate BP work in many ways; some help you excrete excess water volume(diuretics), while others work as ACE inhibitors. Angiotensin Converting Enzymes (ACE) in short, work to inhibit the renin-angiotensin phenomenon. What does that mean? They work to reverse the effects of vasoconstriction(tightening of vessels), which renin-angiotensin puts in place, elevating your BP. Other BP meds work in a variety of ways. In any case, the desired outcome is to lower blood pressure, and prevent complications such as (CVA) stroke, or kidney failure. Yes, there’s a lot more to this than what I’ve briefly explained, but this is meant to be kept as simple & straightforward as possible.
As for beta blockers, their task is to lower heart rate. Heart rates vary; as do people. What’s normal for someone whose heart rate is normally elevated and now lowered slightly, may feel like an impending heart attack to another. Only you and your MD can discuss what this means to you.
However, there are factors which many may or may not consider.
If you are a coffee drinker, caffeine is very dehydrating. If you are consuming 3-4 cups, I’m sure you realize your pit stops. So if you are taking a diuretic to lower BP, guess what? your dehydration factor goes up…way up.
If you are taking any BP medication, discuss with your MD the type of exercise in which you engage, how many days, what time you take your meds, and your response to them; especially if you are exercising regularly. This conversation is all the more pertinent, if you are taking any type of beta blockers. Again their job is to “normalize” or stabilize heart rate; the goal of any physical activity is to elevate it…get the picture? So lets say you are drinking your 3-4 cups of coffee, taking your BP meds, as well as a beta blocker… Again, this is food for thought, not a recommendation or advice.
As always, discuss with your MD any medication concerns you may have. But empower yourself with keeping a diary; when you take your meds, when you may feel them “kick in,” your response to them especially during exercise, caffeine consumption (teas or coffee) and if you are experiencing chest pain during exertion or upon rest/recovery. All of these tell a story; and your MD can only complete the puzzle if he/she has all the pieces.
You are your own advocate. You inhabit your body, no one else. Entrusting it to a health care provider is something that should be undertaken consciously, conscientiously, and with discernment.
Thank you for your trust and your commentary. All for now, keep up and keep at it.