When I get older I don’t want to take a handfull of pills each morning. Just over two years ago my blood pressure had crept up to the state where I would probably have to start taking pills to lower it.
Exercise certainly helps you to atteain lower blood pressure. Before I started swimming regularly I was on the verge of being diagnosed with Stage 1 Hypertension. There is a tendency in my family towards high blood pressure so I have always checked it since I had a problem in the last stages of pregnancy of my second child. Everything settled down after the birth. However unfortunately it had started to creep up again. Most of my readings were up at the highest end of Normal, verging on Stage 1 Hypertension. When the numbers start to get higher you may not even notice unless you are taking readings.
What are the causes of high blood pressure?
Hypertension is divided into two areas:
Essential high blood pressure (primary high blood pressure) – this is where no cause has been identified.
Secondary high blood pressure – this is where the high blood pressure is the result of an underlying cause, for example, kidney disease, or medication someone is taking.
Essential high blood pressure does not have a real, identifiable cause but there is evidence that certain factors influence the condition.
Some of the risk factors are listed below.
Too much salt
Stress… well living in Italy is stressful, driving is a nightmare, it seems to run on the ‘every man for himself’ concept. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life taking pills so if I could find a natural way to reduce my blood pressure it would be perfect.
At this point I needed to start a regular exercise routine to try and balance things out a bit. Through exercise my blood pressure has been reduced to an acceptable level which is great news. As we said earlier stress can contribute towards this problem so getting stressed about HBP is really something you don’t need.
A five-year study showed that those people who walked briskly for at least 150 minutes per week had a 34 percent lower risk of developing hypertension than people who were inactive.
Remember if your blood pressure is very high consult your doctor before you embark on a fitness routine. I was right on the edge of normal, occasionally going over in to the hypertension area, I managed to catch the problem before it became something more serious.