Simple Exercises to Lower Blood Pressure

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A few exercises for lowering blood pressure include bicycling, dumbbell exercises and other alternatives that get the blood pumping. Avoid overexertion when exercising to lower the blood pressure with help from a professional bodybuilder in this free video on health and fitness.

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One exercise that I love for lowering blood pressure is bicycling. Whether you're outside or inside, I like to start slow. I love working with the spin bikes because you can start with no weight at all, no resistance. It's just something that you want to be able to get that heart rate up a little bit so that you are lowering your blood pressure. At first you want to start slow and then you're going to work up. I always say every week maybe you're going to start with 5 minutes and every week you're going to bump up. But definitely start slow and work your way. You also want to seek a physician before you start any exercise program. The most important thing about exercising for lowering your blood pressure is you want to make sure that you're on something that's controlled, you don't just want to jump into something where if you get out of breath or you get overwhelmed or dizzy that you're not going to be able to safely exit. So have fun, lower that blood pressure and get going. Dumbbell exercises are great for lowering blood pressure. It's great because you're not exerting yourself, you're not getting your heart rate up too much because you're doing something that's anaerobic. I like to just start off with basic, simple shoulder raises, dumbbell curls, tricep extensions. Just something that's getting the blood pumping to that area but not too much. And again, if you feel dizzy or you feel too exerted, you always want to make sure to put the dumbbells down and consult a physician.

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