Reducing Blood Pressure with Exercise

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 high blood pressure 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, lifestyle or a combination of both. Whilst you can’t alter your genetics, you can incorporate exercise and healthy routines to increase fitness and overall health to fight off high blood pressure and hypertension.

Unmanaged high blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to a heart attack, stroke, and other problems. Lifestyle factors are the best way to address high blood pressure.

 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, the Kieser method of strengthening that creates the foundation needed for healthy endurance.

This is what our professional, qualified and experienced physiotherapists and exercise physiologists 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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