How does exercise reduce blood pressure?

Strength training has a plethora of positive effects on the body, one of those being improved blood pressure levels.

High blood pressure affects over one third of Australians.

High blood pressure, also known as Hypertension, is an insidious disease that is often only discovered when it is too late. Factors that contribute to hypertension include:

- Overweight

- Too much fat around abdomen

- High levels of blood fat

- Smoking

- High levels of blood sugar

- Genetics

For 90% of patients, high blood pressure is a result of either genetics or lifestyle. Whilst you can’t alter your genetics, you can control your lifestyle. Ways to achieve this include:

- Stop Smoking

- Lose weight

- Consume high quality vegetable fats with a high percentage of unsaturated fatty acids

- Exercise regularly

- Exercise outdoors (Vitamin D can reduce blood pressure in the same way that medication for high blood pressure does.)

- Strengthening training

Essentially, strengthening creates the foundation needed for healthy endurance. This is what we are aiming to achieve for our clients at Kieser. The increase in muscle and strength aids movement and also protects the musculoskeletal system from injury. Coupled with this it aids the condition of your vascular system. This is predominantly for those with hypertension to reduce their resting blood pressure by an average of 5mmHg. For help reducing your blood pressure, call your local Kieser centre today.

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