Did you know that
58 million Americans are diagnosed with high blood pressure and
less than half of them are well controlled with medication? That
means even when people are taking their medication and suffering
its side effects, their high blood pressure is killing them. In
addition to causing strokes and kidney failure, high blood pressure
is closely linked with increased risk of heart attack, heart failure
and even death. All it takes is for your blood pressure to rise
from 115/75 to 135/95 and your risk for heart disease doubles. Ouch!
Doesn’t that scare you just a bit?
Clinical trials have
shown that exercise can lower blood pressure as much as some drugs.
Add that to the extra 20 lbs. you going to lose with regular exercise
(and diet of course), and you’ll be off medication before you know
Now for the
People who exercise regularly have cut their chances of developing
hypertension in half. And prevention is definitely the best medicine.
But if you already
have high blood pressure there is still good news. Each exercise
session will drop your blood pressure to near normal levels and
this can last for 22 hours. That means you are getting healthier
after your very first exercise session – if you follow my guidelines.
Exercise 5 days a
week at a moderate intensity and you will be off pills before you
ANY VIGOROUS EXERCISE PROGRAM, YOU NEED TO GET CLEARANCE FROM YOUR
DOCTOR. PLEASE START YOUR WALKING PROGRAM GENTLY WHILE WAITING FOR
YOUR APPOINTMENT. SEE GET MOVING FOR SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS
FOR YOUR SPECIFIC DISEASE.