Role of exercise in Hypertension

Want to feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life?

Just exercise.

The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. Everyone benefits from exercise, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.

Being physically fit contributes to longevity, no question about it. In fact, improving your fitness is a more important factor in determining how long you’ll live than whether you have moderately high blood pressure or are a little overweight. In addition, fitness improves quality of life, gives you more energy, helps you sleep better, combats depression and helps fight obesity.

Your risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) increases with age, but getting some exercise can make a big difference. And if your blood pressure is already high, exercise can help you control it. 

For people with increased blood pressure (hypertension),  exercising regularly is often regarded as a specific medical measure aiming to reduce the increased risk of late complications.

The benefits of daily exercise are incredible, and they are free! Start a daily exercise regimen today, and enjoy all the proven “extras” that come with moving around more.

Benefits of Exercise

  1. Regular physical activity at least 30 minutes most days of the week — can lower your blood pressure by 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). It’s important to be consistent because if you stop exercising, your blood pressure can rise again.
    If you have slightly high blood pressure (prehypertension), exercise can help you avoid developing full-blown hypertension. If you already have hypertension, regular physical activity can bring your blood pressure down to safer levels.
    The best types of exercise for lowering blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. Strength training also can help reduce blood pressure.
  2. Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and cholesterol.
    3. Helps you maintain a normal weight.
    4. Enhances your mood.
    5. Reduces the amount of stress
    6.Gives glow to your skin.
    7. Keeps your bones strong.
    8. Improves your immune system.
    9. Helps you sleep better.
    10. Burns more calories- but did you know that strong muscles burn more calories? Yes, The more muscle mass you have the more calories you burn.

Which ever activity you choose, make sure you start with mild activity and gradually increase the intensity.

At work place, too much sedentary time can contribute to many health conditions. Aim for five to 10 minutes of low-intensity physical activity — such as getting up to get a drink of water or going on a short walk — each hour. Consider setting a reminder in your email calendar or on your Smartphone.

Stop exercising and seek immediate medical care if you experience any warning signs during exercise:
Chest, neck, jaw or arm pain or tightness
Dizziness or faintness
Severe shortness of breath
Exercise can help you control it. Don’t think you’ve got to run a marathon or join a gym. Instead, start slow and work more physical activity into your daily routine.


-Dr Krishna priya


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