I agree--If one is doing physical activity, one's physical condition is going to improve. And, contrary to what many non-boaters think, sailing (and living aboard/cruising) is a good physical activity. I'm glad to hear that your health has improved, Apolima.
There are many reasons that people's blood pressure rises above or falls below healthy levels. We all, surely, know of folks that cannot endure much work or family related stress w/o blood pressure rising. As such, if one is enjoying a "relaxing" time sailing...it would make sense that one's high BP would drop.
Many cruisers choose the cruising life in order to stay physically active in retirement and to remove themselves from too much land-based stress. Its a working combination and, in general, a healthy lifestyle, IMHO. There are many opportunities to over extend and abuse one's body while cruising--and a discussion of our strengths, improving them, living with our limitations, etc, would be good, too.
There are many common sense ways to approach a healthy lifestyle and this is of interest to many cruisers. Many people, seniors in particular, are very interested in improving their health (and extending their life). Frequently, such folks are taken advantage of though. So many times a vendor will try to take a common sense approach to improved health and spin it for a buck. That tends to happen a lot here in the USA ad I've seen it in UK and Europe too--I wonder if it is a world-wide problem or not? Our healthcare system is geared towards drugs and procedures--so our healthcare system often leaves folks to their own devices when it comes time to make general lifestyle changes that work for the good of our health. The doc may say "get more exercise" or "stay away from stress" but we often need more info and assistance than that to take the right actions. So, that leaves a gaping hole for the common "snake oil salesman" to jump in and "help"... unfortunately. For example, since herbs and vitamins are not US FDA regulated, we have all kinds of such vendors and service providers (with advice) regarding these "supplements." In many cases, the US consumer is taken advantage of by such folks as well as by "health advisors" and the like. Same thing happens with diet plans and even extends to personal trainers and the like. Many opportunities for the consumer to be taken advantage of, unfortunately. Well, I'll get off my soapbox now...
With our interest in good health in our cruising environment, I hope that we can have candid discussion here about things we can do to improve our health and enjoy our cruising!
Good health to all Cruiser Log readers