BODY COMPOSITION & BLOOD PRESSURE

Did you know that losing physical body weight does not give you a true reflection of the make-up of your body? Have you ever heard of friends or family bragging about losing 5lbs or 10lbs in a week? More than likely they have not lost that much in BODY FAT. They may be dehydrated and lost water retention and a small bit of fat and muscle. Therefore, it is essential to monitor your body composition throughout your programme to give you a true reflection of what your FAT loss and not WEIGHT loss is.

What is Body Composition? and how is it measured?

Your body composition is a breakdown of the following:

• Body Weight
• Body Fat (Weight and Percentage)
• Visceral Fat (Fat surrounding your organs)
• Body Water (Weight and Percentage)
• Muscle Mass
• Bone Mass
• Blood Pressure

How is Body Composition measured?

A very low, safe electrical signal is sent through your feet into your legs and abdomen. The electrical signal then passes quickly through water that is present in hydrated muscle tissue but meets resistance when it hits fat tissue. This resistance, known as impedance, is measured and input into scientifically validated data and calculates your body composition measurements. We can then analysis your results and track detailed changes in your body and make adjustments to your programme if they need to be.

Blood Pressure:

We monitor your blood pressure before designing your exercise programme to ensure that you  exercise safely. To work out what your blood pressure readings mean, just find your top number (systolic) on the left side of the blood pressure chart and read across, and your bottom number (diastolic) on the bottom of the blood pressure chart. Where the two meet is your blood pressure.

What blood pressure readings mean

As you can see from the blood pressure chart, only one of the numbers has to be higher or lower than it should be to count as either high blood pressure or low blood pressure:

More than 90 over 60 (90/60) and less than 120 over 80 (120/80): Your blood pressure reading is ideal and healthy. Follow a healthy lifestyle to keep it at this level.

More than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90 (120/80-140/90): You have a normal blood pressure reading but it is a little higher than it should be, and you should try to lower it. Make healthy changes to your lifestyle.

140 over 90 (140/90) or higher (over a number of weeks): You may have high blood pressure (hypertension).

If you have high blood pressure you should contact your GP immediately. We can help lower your blood pressure by making changes in your lifestyle.