If you have high blood pressure, or know someone who does, you are aware of the dangers associated with the condition. You are probably also aware of the causes, which range from an unhealthy diet, stress, lack of exercise, sleep apnea, smoking and more. Obviously, one of the most difficult aspects of lowering your blood pressure is just where and how to begin.
In order to get on the right track with your blood pressure, you must change aspects of your life. Although, there are many facets of change that must be pursued (smoking, drinking eating, etc), we will talk about ways to lower blood pressure through exercise. More specifically, tips to help you get started. Here is the list of tips in no particular order:
Increase Intensity of Normal Activities – During ordinary tasks or occurrences, add a little extra intensity or distance to it. For instance, next time you go to the mall, park far away from your destination thereby increasing your exercise. Another example is to take the stairs whenever possible, as opposed to using the elevator.
Have Fun With Your Exercise – This can mean a variety of things, and is entirely under your discretion. An example might be bike riding with your family.
Hit the Gym – Some people need a place to go workout, although unnecessary; the benefits are strong. Hiring a trainer for one or two sessions when you begin your membership will allow you to create a training program, and learn to lift with proper technique.
Swim – If walking, running, and lifting don’t work for you, swimming is an amazing alternative that most people really enjoy.
Mini-Workouts – 30 minutes of working out daily is necessary to benefit yourself. However, you might not have time to complete this at once. It is perfectly acceptable to split into 3 segments of ten minutes. So when you are on your lunch break or right before work, you can run in place, do pushups, situps, etc for at least 10 minutes.
Home Gym – Convenience is often times one of the most important factors of exercise. For this case, buy equipment like a treadmill or dumbbell set. Then work out in the comfort of your own home.
- Cautions – When you begin working out, it is a slow and sometimes frustrating process. However, you must begin with low intensity training and work your way up. Also, remember to pace yourself, and incorporate an adequate warm up and cool down stages to your workout. Lastly, always be aware of your limitations.