High Blood Pressure
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure means the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension.
What causes high blood pressure?
The exact causes of high blood pressure are often not clear. Your blood pressure may be strongly influenced by your family history, age, poor eating habits, increased alcohol intake, being over weight and lack of physical activity. Increased stress, some illnesses and certain medications can also cause an increase in blood pressure.
How does exercise help lower blood pressure?
Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort, in turn, lowers your blood pressure.
What type and how much exercise helps with lowering blood pressure?
It is recommended getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. This could include climbing stairs, brisk walking, jogging, bicycling or swimming.
How can Lilyfield Physio help?
Our Exercise Physiologists will help you find an enjoyable way to exercise in a manner that works for you. We recommend you consult your GP if you have elevated or high blood pressure before commencing any exercise program to ensure it is suitable for you.