High Blood Pressure
Simple ways of managing hypertension
Managing hypertension is essential for a healthy heart and lifestyle. This starts with exercise and a proper diet.
For those in the beginning stages of hypertension (stage 1), it is possible to first try alternative methods of managing hypertension before medications. Lifestyle modifications such as improving diet and fitness can reduce the blood pressure numbers. Remember that normal blood pressure is in the general area, the vicinity, of 120/80 mmHg.
When managing hypertension, there are various controllable risk factors that can be adjusted. The first step is to be active and get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week, especially if you’re overweight. Being overweight not only raises your blood pressure but also puts you at risk for a number of other health concerns. Exercise can help prevent plaque buildup within the arteries, decrease the risk for blood clots and lower hypertension. Achieving a healthy weight is just one step toward improving your health and managing hypertension. Remember to consult your physician before beginning any exercise program and for other methods of managing hypertension.
Following a diet that is full of healthy, low-fat, and low-sodium foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables will help lower your blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels. This diet most commonly used for managing hypertension is called the DASH diet, which follows the above criteria. It’s also essential to limit your alcohol intake (1-2 drinks per day), to quit smoking and reduce stress.
In some cases your doctor will prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure. It must be taken as directed by your doctor. When combined with regular exercise and healthy eating, it is an effective way of managing hypertension.