Hypertension or High Blood Pressure is a condition, which causes the blood to flow in excess force against your blood vessels when the heart pumps blood and circulates it throughout your body. This in turn causes the damage of blood vessels and leads to health issues like heart diseases like heart attacks or coronary artery disease. Hypertension can occur at any age depending on the circumstances, however, is usually diagnosed as a progressive disorder in older people.
Common reasons that can cause hypertension:
- Excessive consumption of Salt(Sodium)
- Smoking and Excessive Drinking
- Inadequate consumption of Potassium and Vitamin D
The WHO (World Health Organization) stated that hypertension or high blood pressure is responsible for around 12.8% of the overall deaths around the world. They also stated that it is the main reason for risks like coronary heart diseases and stroke and also, raised blood pressure causes heart failure and visual impairment to name a few.
How does exercise help?
Exercising has an impact on your blood pressure. It helps lower your blood pressure by altering your blood vessels’ stiffness, which allows blood to flow at ease. There is no hard and fast rule that specifies that a particular exercise helps with lowering blood pressure. Generally, any type of physical activity can help. However, regular physical activity helps more than high intensity work outs.
The best thing to do is pick any exercise you enjoy, practice it regularly and keep yourself physically active throughout the day. Making sure you follow a diet plan can also keep your hypertension in check.
A few exercises that will help you keep hypertension at bay, alongside a healthy diet are as follows:
- Lightweight Training
- Climbing Stairs
Hypertension can put your life under risk, however, it can be kept under control through simple exercise.