Exercise and Blood Pressure

Regular aerobic exercise is important to the health and wellbeing of everyone.
However many people make the mistake of assuming huge workouts are the best form of exercise, when in actual fact moderate exercise such as brisk walking or swimming is one of the better forms of exercise.

Before undertaking any form of exercise, especially if you haven't exercised for long periods of time or you have medical problems, you should always consult your doctor to ensure he is happy to continue with your exercise regime. He might even want to suggest you change some of your lifestyle habits such as your diet or drugs etc.

Exercise is important when discussing raised blood pressure. The blood pressure can rise sharply during physical activity, although some studies show those people who undertake regular exercise are fitter and healthier plus their blood pressure is usually much lower. However this could also be due to the fact they eat a healthier diet, drink in moderation, and either don't smoke or smoke very little.

More recent studies have shown that vigorous exercise could actually prove to be harmful and should be avoided unless tolerance to the exercise has been built up over a period of time.

Different types of exercise obviously depend on your fitness levels, but cycling, walking, swimming, are good exercises to attempt to start off with. They shouldn't cause problems with your blood pressure.

It's important to slowly build your fitness levels up over a period of time. Many people have found themselves in the casualty department of their local hospital because they threw themselves into a fitness regime they were not ready to undertake. For instance if you decide to start walking, build it up nice and slow. Start off three times a week for fifteen minutes at a time and then gradually increase your pace, distance and sessions until you are doing a comfortable thirty minutes per session three times a week.

If you decide to join the gym, ensure you're sensible. You must have a proper workout planned for you by a qualified fitness coach who will take all your medical history etc into account. If you decide to do it alone, your just asking for your health to be compromised.

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