Making exercise a habit can help lower your blood pressure. It also gives you more energy, and it’s a great way to ease stress and feel better. Check with your doctor first if you’re not already active now. He or she will make sure you’re ready for exercise. Since an active lifestyle is good for your blood pressure, your doctor is likely to be all for it.
You can do any activity you like, and you don’t need to go to a gym. As long as you’re moving around and making your heart beat a little faster or breathing harder, the activity is doing you good. This includes brisk walking, jogging, swimming, biking, lifting weights, or doing work in the garden.
To pick an activity, ask yourself these questions:
There are three basic types of exercise:
Ways to stick with exercise:
Being active is one of the best things you can do for your blood pressure. Ask your doctor if there are any limits to what you should try.