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Exercise and Hypertension

Exercise And HypertensionGet hyper about fighting it!

  • Do you get headaches often?
  • Spells of dizziness at times?
  • Bouts of anxiety?

If you’ve just said yes, then you may be suffering from hypertension. Hypertension, referred to as the ‘silent killer’ is especially dangerous because it often has no specific warning signs or symptoms. Of those who have high blood pressure, almost 35 percent don’t even know they have it. Fortunately, it is easy to monitor blood pressure by having it regularly checked.

What is high blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries (blood vessels). Blood pressure rises and falls throughout the day. When the pressure stays elevated over time, greater than 140/90mmHg, it is then called high blood pressure or hypertension.

Why should blood pressure be controlled?

High blood pressure causes the heart to work too hard. It increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can damage the eyes, kidneys, liver and the nervous system. Although genes play a role in the occurrence of hypertension, lifestyle habits play a crucial part in controlling this condition.

Causes behind the silent killer

  • Obesity
  • High-salt diets
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Stress
  • High caffeine consumption
  • High cholesterol levels
Take charge now!

  • Maintain a healthy weight; lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Exercise regularly – a minimum of 30-minutes of a moderate intensity exercise regime such as walking is recommended.
  • Limit your salt intake to less than 2,400mg (about 1-teaspoon). A high intake of sodium in the diet can increase blood pressure in about 40% of individuals.
  • Consume fruits, vegetables and a low-fat diet.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Relaxation and deep breathing exercises are beneficial.
  • Avoid too much caffeine. Several cups of coffee can mildly increase blood pressure throughout the day.