Blood Pressure Lowering Exercises

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Exercises for lowering blood pressure are aerobic exercises, meaning that the body is using oxygen. Learn about cardiovascular exercises and lowering blood pressure with help from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on health and nutrition.

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My name is Christine Marquette, and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with Marquette Nutrition and Fitness, and I'm going to talk to you about blood pressure lowering exercises. The main thing to keep in mind when it comes to exercise and lowering your blood pressure is you want to do some type of exercise that is considered aerobic. Aerobic just means that you're using oxygen. The whole point of aerobic exercise is that it causes your heart to beat faster, which actually strengthens your heart muscle, so that with each beat, when your heart is stronger, it can push more blood flow through, therefore, causing your heart to beat less frequently. It lowers your heart rate. So this is a very good benefit for your blood pressure if your heart rate is lower, but your heart is strong enough to where it's pushing the blood flow through sufficiently. That lowers the tension on your blood vessels, which, in turn, lowers your blood pressure. So any type of aerobic-type exercise or some people will refer to it as cardio is good for lowering your blood pressure. So this could be something as simple as walking. It could be cycling, swimming, jogging, running. Any...almost any type of exercise where you're actually getting up and moving at a pretty good rate where you are slightly short of breath but still able to hold a conversation. You are actually working up a little bit of a sweat. These are all good exercises for lowering your blood pressure. You do want to make sure that you aim for, at least, 30 minutes, about five times a week. If you don't have 30 minutes all in one sitting, you could split it up as long as it totals 30 minutes in a day. So any type of aerobic exercise is good for lowering your blood pressure.

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