"Some Exercise Is Better Than Others for Lowering Blood Pressure"


The second leading cause of kidney damage is hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure.  Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg).  You’ve probably been told your blood pressure reading at a doctor’s visit or during a medical checkup.  It is described using two numbers, e.g., 115/75 mmHg.  The first number measures systolic pressure.  The second number refers to your diastolic pressure.  When the heart beats, it forces blood in the arteries to travel through the body; this is the systolic pressure.  When the heart rests between beats is the diastolic pressure.  Normal blood pressure is around 120/80 mmHg.  High blood pressure is > than 140/90.

The Experts May Know Everything, But Only You Can Do It

There are many contributors to high blood pressure like smoking, stress, excessive salt intake or lack of exercise.  It has been well documented that any exercise is better than none for your general health, but we are now learning that some exercise is better than others for lowering blood pressure according to a new analysis from the American Heart Association.  They report having reviewed more than 90 exercise trials conducted over four weeks focusing on different exercises.  These exercises were classified as ‘dynamic aerobics’, which includes calisthenics, running and playing sports and ‘dynamic resistance’, encompassing activities like push-ups, weight lifting, and then ‘isometric exertion’,  which involves activities such as yoga, platies, tai-chi.  They concluded in their analysis that engaging in any of these particular forms of exercises had a positive effect lowering blood pressure in all cohort studied. 

You Are Not Excused

If you are concerned about your blood pressure, but are not able to engage in dynamic aerobics or dynamic resistance activities because maybe you are wheel chair bound, or concerned about injuring yourself, then consider giving isometric exertion exercises a try.  There is a plethora of information circulating about the benefits yoga has on reducing blood pressure. Other light weight exercises are stretching, meditation. The point is to take charge of your condition now! It is advised to consult your doctor when developing a workout plan.  

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1156923#ixzz2P1YB286P

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