Exercise and High Blood Pressure

Exercise and High Blood Pressure.

High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the major causes of heart disease because it damages the arteries and makes the heart work harder than it should.

It is also a well documented risk factor for stroke and kidney failure. Regular exercise is a must in dealing with hypertension. Exercise brings both an immediate and long-term reduction benefit in almost all high blood pressure sufferers.

Considering the damage that this “silent killer” (as many people actually don’t realize they have it) can do, everyone should have regular blood pressure check-ups.

Hypertension is typically an avoidable condition, as not always but usually … a lifestyle disease. A healthy lifestyle choice, emphasising sensible nutrition, regular exercise, maintaining normal weight, and keeping an eye on stress levels, will generally prevent hypertension.
Nevertheless, there are some people who, for presently unknown reasons, will have high blood pressure regardless of all their efforts and genetic inheritance is usually the origin. For such individuals, hypertension medication is a basic necessity for normal life.

Normal blood pressure.

Normal blood pressure is considered to be 130 over 85 or below (optimal is 120/80). High blood pressure is defined as 140/90 or greater. The higher number is the systolic blood pressure or the amount of pressure in the blood vessels when the heart contracts and pumps blood. The lower number is the diastolic blood pressure or the pressure that remains in the blood vessels when the heart is resting in between contractions. However, since every person is different, you need to find out what is “normal” for you.

Exercise and Hypertension.

Regular exercise is an absolute must for dealing with hypertension. Exercise brings both an immediate and long-term reduction benefit in almost all high blood pressure sufferers.

A careful study was published in the ‘American Journal of Hypertension’ demonstrating that blood pressure was clearly reduced after just 20-minutes of very moderate treadmill walking! The high blood pressure of many of the people taking part was lowered for up to five hours after their exercise treadmill session. In some of the test subjects, the resultant pressure reduction lasted up to nine hours, and overall the researchers discovered that blood pressure was consistently lower on exercise days.

What is, ‘normal’ blood pressure?

Normal blood pressure is gauged at 130 over 85 or below (the optimal being 120/80). High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90 or greater. However, always remember that everybody is different and the old saying ‘rules were made for people, but people aren’t made for rules’ is one to bear in mind!

Find out what exactly is normal for you, by taking your blood pressure for three consecutive days and getting the average reading. Also bearing in mind for greater accuracy of recording, that blood pressure is generally lower in the morning than in the evening, so set your times and keep to them on the days concerned.

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