Exercise to reduce your blood pressure

Exercise to reduce your blood pressure

 

Exercise is a great way to reduce your blood pressure

 

Are you worried about your high blood pressure? Are you trying to take control of it? If so, then your answer could very well be exercise. It is not as difficult as you think.
Aging, unfortunately, may bring on the onset of such a problem in some people. This is due to the continuous built-up of plaque over the years as well as the arteries becoming stiffer with age. However, fortunately, it is possible to control it as you age.
Exercise can help you to control it. Cardiovascular exercises strengthen your heart muscles. A strong heart does a better job at pumping blood throughout the body, reducing pressure on the arteries and thus lowering your blood pressure. You will find that your pressure can easily drop by about ten millimeters through exercise.
Exercise can also bring about weight loss for those overweight individuals. An obese person has a higher risk of having this problem. Losing just over 10 pounds would bring a significant drop in your pressure level.
For the first-timers doing exercise, start slowly at first and then slowly work your way up to a more intense level. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise for good health. Do it at least 3 times in a week. However, you can do shorter bursts of exercise which add up to 30 minutes at the end of the day.
For the seniors and those with joints pain, go for low impact exercises. Working out on an elliptical trainer provides a good cardiovascular workout but minus the impact on your joints.
It is also recommended to get doctor’s advice before starting any fitness plans. Being overweight and with high blood pressure can have hidden additional health risks which may be complicated by strenuous exercises.
For those with such a problem, exercise helps you to control it and for those without, exercise helps you to prevent it. This problem can bring about stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. Prevention is always better than trying to cure it. Your daily round of exercise can help you to maintain a healthy level of blood pressure.
Meditation and correct breathing techniques help in relaxation and is a great way to release stress. Stress is bad news for your blood pressure. When your body is under stress, your blood thickens, your heart beat faster and your blood pressure rises. Meditate as often as you can.
Making minor lifestyle changes can make a lot of difference to your blood pressure and overall health. Make exercise, especially cardiovascular exercises, a part of your lifestyle. Your heart and blood pressure will thank you for this.