High blood pressure is a very common condition – and many people may have it without even knowing. If you have hypertension, it’s especially important that you do regular exercise to keep your blood pressure in check. Simply doing the gardening could help to protect against the complications of high blood pressure.
High blood pressure affects more than a quarter of all adults in the UK, according to the NHS.
It’s essential that your hypertension is diagnosed early, because the condition raises the risk of heart attacks or strokes.
Having high blood pressure puts extra stress on the blood vessels, and subsequently your vital organs.
But one of the easiest way to manage your blood pressure is to do regular exercise.
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“If you’ve just been diagnosed with high blood pressure you may feel anxious about exercising but, in most cases, it’s perfectly safe and can actually help lower your blood pressure too,” he said.
“Aerobic exercise – which includes most activities that make you moderately out of breath – can help reduce your blood pressure by up to 10 percent.
“This could be fast walking, jogging, cycling or swimming, but even mowing the lawn, digging the flower beds, and dancing count.
“If you have any doubts, always check with your doctor that it is safe for you to exercise, particularly if you have other medical conditions.”