Get fit and lower your blood pressure

Heart disease is the #1 cause of premature death and disability in the United States. There is research that shows that 80% of heart disease is preventable through lifestyle! It is empowering that a person can take an active role in their heart health. Choose ways to move more that you enjoy and will do regularly.

Putting our bodies in motion is a true fountain of youth. It takes relatively little exercise to make a sizable impact. Here are some ways to keep your heart fit:

  • Walking-lowers blood pressure and body weight
  • Weight training-builds and maintains strong bones and muscles
  • Swimming-builds endurance and strength
  • Yoga-reduces stress and lowers anxiety
  • Taking the stairs-a natural physical activity

Dietary changes, movement and a sense of self-determination are potent interventions. Only half of Americans with high blood pressure have it under control. Here are some safe and simple ways to bring your blood pressure down:

  • Watch your weight-maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a varied diet-avoid processed foods
  • Move more-break a sweat
  • Find ways to relax every day-learn what works for you
  • Get your snoring checked out-sleep apnea can be serious
  • Keep tabs on yourself-know your blood pressure regularly
  • Add some chili to your food-capsaicin in spicy food lowers inflammation

(from Secrets to a Healthy Heart from Time Inc.)



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