Wellness Pathway #191 Get Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a word that’s been around since the late 1960s. It refers to using signals from the body to improve health and performance. Runners know, for example, the value of training in a certain heart rate zone. By wearing a heart rate monitor, one can be sure to train neither too hard nor too easy in order to maximize the benefits of aerobic training. Wearing a heart rate monitor in competition can also make sure that one doesn’t go out too fast, burning up valuable fuel stores that can diminish performance later in the race.

One simple biofeedback tool is a battery-operated blood pressure cuff. These devices are now available economically at pharmacies and drug stores. If you only take your blood pressure when you go to the doctor, then you’re doing yourself a disservice. A new report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found that 31 percent of American adults have high blood pressure and don’t know it. The report, published in the August 2003 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, recommends that all adults be screened for high blood pressure. I think it’s a good idea to check your blood pressure frequently, to write it down in a log, and to learn the things that lower blood pressure. One can see a dramatic lowering of blood pressure, for example, after even brief periods of relaxing breathwork.

Blood pressure is considered high when it is higher than 140/90. Between 120/80 and 139/89 is considered pre-hypertension, a sign that you are likely to develop high blood pressure unless you take preventive measures. To lower blood pressure, avoid salt and high-fat foods, eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and reduce stress through meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, or progressive muscle relaxation. 

Coaching Inquiries: Do you know what your blood pressure is? Do you know how it changes during the day? What can you do to get more biofeedback on this important health indicator? 

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

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