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Getting Started on Exercise

Are you overweight? Did you know shedding as little as 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure levels? If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, you might want to consider regular exercise.

To avoid injuries, it is important to begin your intensity slowly. This is especially true if you have been physically inactive for a long time. Start with exercise at light to moderate intensity such as brisk walking or jogging; do it for about 30 minutes per day. Gradually increase the intensity to safer levels as you go further with the regimen.

Before doing your exercises, it is important to stretch and warm up. Walk for about 10 to 15 minutes to build up sweat. Pace yourself starting at low intensity until you’re completely limber and ready to get on with your exercise program.

If you’re new to strenuous physical activity or have been inactive for a long time, choose an exercise that’s low to moderate in intensity. Perhaps you can choose yoga. As you become physically fitter, you can graduate to another form of exercise. Perhaps you can go for a short run or lift weights.

Sometimes people find it hard to exercise; the most common reason is unavailability in their schedule. Do you find yourself in the same predicament? You could coincide your workout during the time the kids are at their soccer practice. Or you could wake up early for a morning run. If it’s difficult go out of the house, you can work on hand-held weights or do yoga in the living room or garage.

After each workout, don’t forgot to cool down. This is particularly beneficial for people with high blood pressure because it allows the heart rate to return to normal gradually. Walk or stretch for your cool-down routine.

Exercise plays an integral part in lowering blood pressure levels. If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, it pays to workout regularly.

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