Many individuals are not aware they suffer from high blood pressure because it has no symptoms in the early stages. Only about half who know they have it are taking it seriously and undergoing treatment and exercises to have their blood pressure being under control.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension is actually a common problem. Unfortunately, medication can not cure hypertension, but it can help you to control your blood pressure. But using medication is not long term solution. For most people, lifestyle changes are needed. One of the easiest and healthiest is to exercise more.
Lack of physical activity is often mentioned as one of the main causes of hypertension. Strangely enough, in 95% of the cases, the cause is unknown. But a lot of people have managed to lower their blood pressure by becoming more physically active.
So why is exercise helpful? A simplified explanation is that regular physical activity will make your heart stronger.Having a stronger heart helps to pump more blood with less effort.
The good news is that even light exercise can help in lowering your blood pressure. But to reap the benefits, you have to keep on exercising. You will continue reaping the benefits as long as you continue to exercise. On the other hand, exercise has many additional health benefits and can also be fun. Note that it takes 1-3 months before regular exercise will bring an impact on your blood pressure.
Since exercise will increase your blood pressure, you need to be careful. In some cases, your doctor may first want to help lower your blood pressure using medication before you can start exercising. Always consult your doctor first before starting any exercise program.
Exercise can be divided into two categories, aerobic, sometimes also called dynamic, exercise and isometric, sometimes called static, exercise. As a rule of thumb, most aerobic exercises will help you lower your blood pressure. Most isometric exercises are less efficient than aerobic exercises. They can also put too much strain on your heart, so many doctors recommend avoiding isometric training. If you are doing isometric training, it should be light training.
Aerobic exercises increase the body’s need for oxygen.Walking, running, dancing and swimming are examples of aerobic exercise.You should aim for at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. Try to avoid being a weekend warrior, doing just one or two long exercise sessions every week. It is much more efficient to exercise every day. Short sessions frequently were done, preferably daily, is the way to get results. Begin with light exercise, once you are fitter, you can increase the intensity.
Exercise is the best way to control high blood pressure because it creates more movement in the Nitric Oxide in our bodies. This Nitric oxide helps keep blood vessels open.
To get even better results, exercise should be combined with other methods. Two of the most reliable methods to lower your blood pressure are stress reduction and adopting a healthier diet.