In Health 360, we just began a series of three lessons about hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. The most significant contributing factors to high blood pressure include obesity, insufficient exercise, tobacco use, poor diet, and sodium intake. With these things in mind, the participants in Health 360 put on their sneakers, started moving, and got their hearts pumping through step exercises and stretches. No equipment required! Next time you are sitting in front of the TV, you can do the same. Get up and do some no-weight bicep curls while marching in place!
Regular, moderate aerobic exercise 30 minutes most days will help keep your blood pressure in check. (An aerobic exercise is one that raises your heart and breathing rates.) If you can’t do 30 minutes at a single stretch, breaking it up into shorter bursts is effective, too. The important thing is to get moving! Remember, though, if you are not physically active now, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. Come join us at Health 360 to learn new strategies for incorporating physical activity into your daily routine!