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Can I safely exercise with high blood pressure ?

Walking is an excellent way to start. If you are an outdoors person, gather a couple of friends or neighbours and walk at a normal pace for 30 minutes. Otherwise, a treadmill is a great alternative. Gradually increase your distance and pace as you become more conditioned. Exercise becomes aerobic when you are slightly short of breath (but still able to speak), and your heart rate increases.

 

Your Goal

Your goal should be to build up to 30 minutes, 5 days per week. If you can’t set aside that amount of time all at once, you can break up your workout into three 10-minute sessions and receive the same benefits as a 30-minute routine. If you work at a job where you are more sedentary remember to regularly get up and walk around as research has shown that too much time sitting can contribute to several health conditions.

Monitor your blood pressure

Monitor your blood pressure regularly. The purchase of a good automated blood pressure cuff is a great investment. Take your blood pressure at different times during the day or week (morning, following exercise, and before bedtime). With regular exercise, you will soon see the benefits reflected in your blood pressure results.

There are some practical everyday ways to increase the amount of exercise you are getting.

If you take advantage of these ideas, it will not even seem like you’re exercising.

Can I Exercise Too Much?


Your body will let you know what it can handle. Listen to it! Stop exercising and rest if you:

Since you have learned that it is safe to exercise with hypertension, and it is effective in reducing your blood pressure, get off the couch, get moving, and exercise your way to a healthy life and lower blood pressure!

Call  us at kingwood kidney associates 281-401-9540 to schedule your appointment to help get your blood pressure controlled . 

You can also schedule your appointment online using the booking tool on this page. Book your examination today.

 

Author
Dr. Sowmya Puthalapattu Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, or Dr. Sowmya as she’s known to patients, is an experienced board-certified nephrologist and internal medicine physician at Kingwood Kidney Associates, with offices in Kingwood and The Woodlands, Texas. Dedicated to providing her patients with comprehensive individualized care, Dr. Puthalapattu believes in the importance of active listening and having an open and creative clinical mind to provide the right care to meet her patients’ needs. She is faculty and Subspeciality education coordinator for Nephrology at IM GME program HCA Kingwood . Her areas of specialty include chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, hyponatremia, and high blood pressure. A resident of The Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Puthalapattu spends her free time with her husband and two children. Her favorite activities include hiking and traveling.

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