I began adding walks, bike rides and swimming into my regular routine
About two years ago, during my yearly physical, my doctor found an issue with high blood pressure. He scheduled me to come back after six months for a follow up. If my blood pressure hadn’t dropped into healthy level by that time, I’d need to start medication. I hoped to avoid taking any kind of medication due to the harmful, long-term side-effects. The doctor gave me a list of things to do to make improvements. I further researched online and everything recommended exercise and diet. My job requires long hours sitting at a desk, staring at a computer screen and staring at a keyboard. I’m very sedentary, and it’s always tempting to snack. I tended to grab fast food for lunch and wasn’t careful about what I ate for work. Since I needed results very quickly, I decided to invest in some professional help. Rather than sign up at one of the larger gyms, where I’d be left on my own, I signed up with a personal trainer. We spoke over the phone, and I explained my issue with high blood pressure and my hope to see improvement within six months. She felt confident that I could avoid medication but also insisted that I should focus on permanent change for overall better quality of life. She set up a very strenuous diet and exercise progam that I conscientiously followed. She led me through one-on-one training sessions with a focus on high intensity cardio and strength training. She had me making healthy substitutions in my diet, getting rid of the red meat, cheese, pasta, potatoes and fast food. I started snacking on baby carrots instead of cookies. I began adding walks, bike rides and swimming into my regular routine. When I met with my doctor six months later, my blood pressure was under control and I never felt better.