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Is Exercise Good for High Blood Pressure?

Is Exercise Good for High Blood Pressure?

Answer:

Exercise IS good for high blood pressure.

More Info: Studies relate high blood pressure (hypertension) and not getting enough exercise closely. As you age, you become at risk for high blood pressure. This risk is amplified if you are overweight and not active.

Effects of Exercise on Blood Pressure

Exercise makes your heart stronger. It allows your heart to pump stronger, causing the arteries to relax. Systolic pressure goes down with months of consistent exercise. In fact, studies show that exercise can lower systolic blood pressure by four to nine millimeters of mercury. [“10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication.” Mayo Clinic]

Of course, initial exercise may increase blood pressure due to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, but the long-term effects allow the arteries to relax.

Exercises that Lower Blood Pressure

Weight lifting and iso-tension exercises are great for an overall fitness plan, but not the greatest exercises to lower blood pressure. Cardio exercises are so named because of their positive effects on the cardiovascular system.

Therefore, running, biking and swimming are all great exercises to help lower blood pressure. If you are not used to strenuous exercises, you should start with minimal exercise. For example, housework is a great way to introduce yourself to cardio exercises. Active sports like basketball and tennis are also great ways to get used to cardio exercises.

REFERENCES:

“10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication – MayoClinic.com.” Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-pressure/HI00027>.

“Exercise: A drug-free approach to lowering high blood pressure – MayoClinic.com.” Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-pressure/HI00024>.

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