Adoption of healthy lifestyles is now considered as an important part in the management of high BP. Regular physical activity has been shown to be of benefit in people with hypertension.
Regular exercises or any other physical activity (moderate physical activity for 30 minutes on most days of the week is also adequate) has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by about 4-9 mmHg.
Studies have shown that sedentary (inactive) lifestyle is major risk factors for heart disease. But the good part is that it is a modifiable risk factor---so you can help yourself.
The three basic types of exercise include:
Before starting any physical activity or exercise consult your doctor. Your doctor can advice you regarding exercises suitable for your level of fitness and physical condition. It is advisable to start exercises under the guidance of a physical trainer.
Studies have shown that regular aerobic physical activity such as brisk walking, cycling, jogging for at least 30 minutes per day on most days of the week is also helpful to reduce blood pressure. To maximize the benefits of regular physical activity or exercise you should progressively work up to an aerobic session lasting 20 to 30 minutes, at least three to four times a week.
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