If you have noticed consistently high blood pressure throughout the day, or your GP has diagnosed you with high blood pressure, there are many treatment options available. One of the most easily accessible treatment options is exercise. A change in your exercise and activity habits is a highly effective way to see a positive change in your blood pressure without the use of medication.
How can exercise help?
With regular and consistent exercise we can see long-term reductions in our blood pressure readings. We can also see additional benefits such as reduced weight, reduced cholesterol levels, reduced stress, increased strength of the heart and a reduction in the risk of other cardiovascular disease's and stroke.
Interestingly, an immediate positive effect can also be seen on our blood pressure with as little as 10-15 minutes of moderate-vigorous exercise, followed by 10 minutes of passive rest. This response is called a post exercise hypotension and can be seen in those who present with high blood pressure before doing any exercise. This reduction in blood pressure can be seen to last for up to 12 hours after exercise.
That's right, only 15 minutes of exercise can immediately reduce your blood pressure for up to 12hours!
Regular exercise is a simple and effective way to manage high blood pressure and improve overall health. So, make physical activity a part of your daily routine and enjoy the numerous benefits it offers!
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