High Blood Pressure? Quit Avoiding this Treatment

Try this natural way to lower your blood pressure

At least 25% of American adults have high blood pressure. After a diagnosis of high blood pressure, most people begin taking blood pressure medicine. But did you know that one of the best ways to lower your blood pressure is with exercise?

Thirty percent of people with high blood pressure are sedentary. By including exercise in their battle against high blood pressure, they can once again have normal blood pressure.

Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure

Everyone claims exercise lowers your blood pressure, but does it really? According the researchers at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, exercise can lower your blood pressure as much as 4 mm Hg. (1) Researchers and medical doctors agree this is significant.

The researchers at Tulane, analyzed 54 studies involving 2,419 subjects. In the studies, researchers divided the subjects into the following groups: high blood pressure, normal blood pressure, overweight, and normal-weight subjects. After using aerobic exercise to increase physical activity, all subjects lowered their blood pressure by at least 4 points.

What Kind -- How Much?

Aerobic exercise is any exercise that increases your need for oxygen and when it comes to this type of exercise, you have several choices. Some of the most popular are walking, bike riding, jogging, and swimming. Whichever type of exercise you choose, you need to get your heart rate up and exercise for 30 minutes five times per week.

To lower your blood pressure even more, consider exercise your natural drug. For exercise to become as effective as a drug, you need to exercise one hour per day. For faster results, you should try walking or jogging. You'll not only see results faster with these weight-bearing exercises, but you'll also be building stronger bones.

Research proves exercise can lower your blood pressure. But as always, take your current physical condition into consideration before you start exercising. If you've been sedentary for a while, start slowly, working your way up to longer exercise times. And of course, get your doctor's approval before beginning any exercise program.

(1) Annals of Internal Medicine April 2, 2002;136:493-503

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