FACT: Exercise Lowers Your Blood Pressure

By Bruce G. Gilbert
Balanced Fitness
A.C.E. certified, U.C.L.A. ext. certified

High Blood Pressure is known as "the silent killer" because it has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it's damaging your arteries, heart and other vital organs. These damages can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and fluid in the lungs amongst other potentially fatal ailments.

According to the American Heart Association about 74.5 million people in the United States age 20 and older have high blood pressure. That's one in every three adults. In 9095 percent of cases scientists do not know what causes high blood pressure (HBP). Though HBP can affect anyone, some known risk factors that increase your chances of getting it are age, family history, ethnicity, gender, diabetes, obesity and unhealthy choices. Though you can not change your parents or your age, you CAN make certain lifestyle changes which will help you manage or even prevent an increase in your blood pressure.

Having a sedentary or inactive lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for HBP and not getting enough exercise and having high blood pressure are closely related. Incorporating exercise into your routine will make a huge difference in controlling your blood pressure. Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort thus decreasing the force on your arteries. Besides the positive affects exercise has on maintaining a healthy blood pressure rate, exercise will also help you:

  • Strengthen your cardiovascular system

  • Improve your circulation

  • Decrease your heart rate

  • Lower your cholesterol levels

  • Strengthen muscles, bones & joints

  • Improve your breathing

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Prevent and control Type 2 diabetes
    (adult-onset diabetes)

It takes approximately one to three months for regular exercise to have an impact on your blood pressure. The benefits last only as long as you continue to exercise so it is crucial to create an exercise routine that works with your schedule and needs. A professional fitness trainer can assist you in formulating a workout routine to suit your individual goals. I find it fascinating that in every aspect of our lives, the impact of one person can make a tremendous difference. That person is typically a leader, a teacher, or a coach. Your personal fitness success is no different.


Bruce G. Gilbert
Balanced Fitness

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NOTE: This publication is not intended for use as a source of medical advice. You should obtain medical advice from your private healthcare practitioner. Before beginning any exercise or dietary program, consult with your physician to ensure that you are in proper health and that this or any exercise or dietary program will not put you at risk.

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