Working Out to Lower Blood Pressure

Working Out to Lower Blood Pressure

Working Out to Lower Blood Pressure

Has a doctor told you that your blood pressure it too high and you need to start exercising?  Trainer Scott has said for years that Working Out to Lower Blood Pressure is probably the best way to do it.

Check out what Lynda said about working out with Trainer Scott

“I recently started working out with Scott Harwood after allowing myself to get out of shape the last few years due to numerous injuries. It was my intention to work with Scott for a few months to jump start my workouts and get me motivated so I could take over from there. I started seeing immediate results. After working with Scott twice per week for only 10 weeks, I was able to reduce my blood pressure from 150/100 to 108/72 and no longer need to be medicated for high blood pressure. My doctor was impressed with the quick results and has encouraged me to continue “doing what I am doing”. In addition, my neck and back pain have been significantly reduced. I no longer need prescription pain patches to deal with what was once daily chronic pain. Scott is very knowledgeable and has helped me strengthen my injury prone areas so they are much stronger today and significantly less problematic. Scott challenges me while still making my workouts enjoyable. He is friendly, funny and takes the time to introduce me to his other students. This has made transitioning from individual training sessions to attending group classes much easier and less intimidating for me. I am really pleased with the results I am seeing and intend to continue working with Scott indefinitely. If you want a great workout out in a fun environment, Scott is your man! He is the best fitness coach/personal trainer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I am looking forward to many more workouts with Scott. Come join us!”

How exercise can lower your blood pressure

 How are high blood pressure and exercise connected? Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure.

Becoming more active can lower your systolic blood pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — by an average of 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). That’s as good as some blood pressure medications. For some people, getting some exercise is enough to reduce the need for blood pressure medication.

 If your blood pressure is at a desirable level — less than 120/80 mm Hg — exercise can help prevent it from rising as you age. Regular exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight — another important way to control blood pressure.

But to keep your blood pressure low, you need to keep exercising on a regular basis. It takes about one to three months for regular exercise to have an impact on your blood pressure. The benefits last only as long as you continue to exercise.

How much exercise do you need?

 Aerobic activity can be an effective way to control high blood pressure. But flexibility and strengthening exercises such as lifting weights are also important parts of an overall fitness plan. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym every day to benefit from aerobic activity. Simply adding moderate physical activities to your daily routine will help.

Any physical activity that increases your heart and breathing rates is considered aerobic activity, including:

  • Household chores, such as mowing the lawn, raking leaves, gardening or scrubbing the floor
  • Active sports, such as basketball or tennis
  • Climbing stairs
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Bicycling
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
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