Exercise and High Blood Pressure
Physical exercise is so important for your general state of well being as well as your blood pressure. There are really no substitutes for getting out there and getting your muscles moving, your heart pumping and your blood flowing through your veins.
The lack of physical exercise we get in this post-industrial world where machines do all the ‘work’ is a principle cause of our general poor health. And obesity and high blood pressure are some of the results. Plenty of research shows there’s a clear link between lack of exercise and high blood pressure. Indeed, sitting down for long periods is particularly bad for us and our blood pressure.
So what should you do about it? Get moving basically. Any kind of activity that keeps your body moving (and that isn’t straining you) will help. Even gentle movements are better than just sitting down. And if you do have to sit down a lot (due to your job, for example), then make sure to get up every half hour or so for a couple of minutes and move around a bit.
Exercise and high blood pressure – some tips
It is better to do some exercise everyday than a lot of exercise now and then. Health authorities tend to recommend at least half an hour a day of exercise that gets your heart and lungs working harder. You can do this all at once but it’s often easier and more beneficial to have lots of short stints of activity/exercise throughout the day. (Check out our article here for more details: Lower blood pressure through exercise.)
Your exercise regime should reflect your current state of health. Don’t overdo it at first. Start with small steps and work your way up. Even a walk around the block once a day is a good start. In fact, walking is an excellent way to lower your blood pressure.
I prefer to incorporate activities into my daily exercise so I get things done and feel a sense of achievement – as well as helping keep my blood pressure within an acceptable range.
Last year I used to walk up the hill behind my house once a day to enjoy breath-taking views of the Bristol channel and the coast of Devonshire. The walk up was strenuous and really got my system working. My walk back down was relaxing in comparison and allowed my system to recuperate.
This year I’ve been concentrating on my backyard – getting all the brambles and ferns out with a pickax as well as building a drystone wall to keep the sheep out of my garden. I relegate one hour a day to this activity and it’s amazing how much I’ve achieved in such a short time.
Another sense of satisfaction is when I take my blood pressure. It is often below 120/80 these days. When you consider I was measuring 190+/115+ just a year ago, and prescription medications didn’t help, I’ve come along way.
I should add that even if you’re not able to be very active, there is now a kind of exercise you can do that will help lower your blood pressure without you even having to get off the couch.
Isometric handgrip exercises as they’re called have been well-researched in recent decades and just involve squeezing something in your hand for about 15 minutes a day. I’ve written more about it here so have a read: Handgrip exercises for lower blood pressure.
I should also point out that these are NOT a substitute for getting normal aerobic exercise – the kind which works your heart and lungs harder. Hand grip exercises affect your blood pressure in an entirely different way. However, both can help so it’s worth a shot in my opinion.
Other natural ways to reduce blood pressure
Of course exercise alone is not enough to reduce blood pressure. Diet and relaxation are also essential components of natural blood pressure reduction.
Diet includes supplements. Because the interest in reducing blood pressure has increased over the past few years a number of companies have been working hard to make available natural herbs and remedies that can help you get your BP down. Of course, not everybody needs them but for some stubborn blood pressure problems a natural boost in getting it down is just the ticket.
Beware however of getting conned by slick salesmen selling snake oil. Outrageous claims is often an indication of a con.
One natural supplement I have been getting positive feed back on is Alistrol. They have combined in a one-a-day pill four of the most powerful anti-hypertensive herbs. One fellow who has been taking it for over a month now has reported a 20 point drop in his blood systolic blood pressure. It’s hard to argue with numbers.
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Although Alistrol will help you significantly lower your blood pressure I wouldn’t consider it as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle including good diet and exercise :-). Combine these together and you should achieve a healthy balance.
All the best,
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