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Exercising with High Blood Pressure
A few exercise tips to keep in mind if you're living with high blood pressure.High blood pressure is nothing to mess around with. Let it get out of control and you could be in for a world of hurt. However, if you learn to manage it well, you could find yourself steadily lowering your blood pressure and improving your overall quality of life. How can you make it happen? By adding a little exercise into your daily routine.
However, since your blood pressure can rise a little during exercise, you'll need to work out the smart way.
Before strapping on your tennis shoes and sprinting into the gym, you need to make sure you do it safely. And while you may have wound up with high blood pressure on your own, exercising safely when living with high blood pressure requires a little assistance.
A good place to start looking for help is your primary care physician or another health professional. When meeting with your health pro of choice, find out how much exercise you should do each day or on a weekly basis, whether you should check your pulse while exercising, what your target heart rate is, how to schedule your blood pressure medication around your exercise routine, and whether there are any exercises you should avoid altogether. Once you're armed with this knowledge, you're ready to add the gym to your blood pressure-lowering toolbox.
Slow and Steady
If given the okay from your doctor, you should aim for 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day of the week. Instead of going full force from day one, start out with a light work out and gradually increase the time and intensity of your routine. This way, your body can slowly adjust to the increased demands you're placing on it.
Before and after exercising, spend a few minutes warming up and cooling down. As you exercise, work out at a nice even pace. In the event you can't talk while exercising, take it down a notch. Regardless of what exercise you find yourself performing, you should be able to hold a conversation while working out.
Put the Brakes On
While exercising is a fantastic way to lower your blood pressure, pushing yourself too hard too fast can have grave consequences. The following are a few reasons to put a stop to the day's routine:
If any of these symptoms affect you, don't wait for them to grow worse.
They could be a sign of a heart attack or other serious condition. Seeking
medical attention immediately may mean the difference between life and death.
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