Lowering high blood pressure
High blood pressure or hypertension is a common condition that leads to more serious problems such as stroke, heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases. High blood pressure runs in families, but the good news is that it is preventable and can be controlled. Your doctor will prescribe medications which must be taken religiously, but by making some lifestyle changes, you can stabilise your blood pressure and live a healthy life.
In case you weren't listening when your doctor told you, eating a well-balanced diet, one that is rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meat and low-fat dairy foods, will help maintain a healthy blood pressure. Reducing your salt intake, drinking alcohol in moderation, or not at all, and quitting smoking will increase your chances of lowering your blood pressure. Exercise is one of the best means of lowering high blood pressure and maintaining a healthy level. It helps you lose weight, which in itself, helps to lower blood pressure.
You can begin exercising by incorporating more physical activity in your day. If you are a sedentary worker, you can walk to deliver messages instead of using e-mail. Use the stairs instead of the elevator; when you go to the mall, park as far away as you can from the entrance. If you use the bus or train, get off one or two stops earlier. Other forms of exercise are doing housework, gardening, dancing, walking the baby or walking the dog. If you think of exercise as a normal part of your daily routine, you will find creative ways of increasing your physical activity.
If you do not have a health problem, you won't need to consult your doctor if all you plan is mild to moderate physical activity. If, however, you want something more vigorous, or you have a health condition, then you need to see your doctor first. Your physiotherapist can help put together a personalised program and advise you on lifestyle changes.
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