Experts agree that high blood pressure is not a good thing for our health. Can a simple walk help control, and even lower blood pressure?
So, if you are someone who suffers from high blood pressure, then before you undertake any change in lifestyle, be that diet or exercise, then you should first consult with your doctor, or medical advisor.
That is a common sense approach to take, if you suffer from any medical condition.
There is absolutely no question that if you are fit, (even reasonably fit) then the chances of living a longer and healthier life increase dramatically.
Now please understand that I am not talking here about going to the gym every single day of your life. Most people will not be doing that, but we can all do a little something to keep fit, and build up to a good level of fitness.
Walking is certainly one of those methods. Now in my younger days, I used to do a lot of running, and also went to the gym regularly.
There comes a time though, when we all slow down, and can no longer aim for those standards. However, almost anyone, and of any age can still enjoy a nice walk.
There is no need to push yourself that hard, as that can actually do more harm than good.
Now swimming, dancing and even gardening involve varying degrees of exercise. All of these are known to help lower blood pressure and reduce hypertension.
For me, the important thing to note here is that they all work, and it is just a matter of doing them on a regular basis.
I find with walking that it is something that I can do every single day.
Simply by taking a walk several times a week, it is amazing what can happen to your physical and mental health.
What many people don’t consider is the range of very practical benefits, that comes from doing this simple exercise a few times a week.
Have a look at these, and you may understand why it could work for you.
These are all based on solid medical research.
Main Benefits of Walking
- Helps reduce the risk of obesity
- Reduces the risk of Glaucoma (eye disease)
- Reduces sickness levels
- Reduces the risk of Alzheimers
- Improves blood pressure by up to 5 points
- Improves balance
- Reduces the risk of Osteoporosis
- Burns fat
Now these are just the main benefits, and the blood pressure one is of significant interest. In study after study, it has been shown, that walking regularly helps relieve stress, and increases fitness levels.
It not only helps keep the body active, but also the mind.
In summary these reports have shown that “15 minutes a day of brisk walking can add up to three years in life expectancy.”
So as you can see, the evidence is there, and at the end of the day, walking is well worth the effort!
In simple terms, this is really about the health of the heart. According to the C3 Health Organization, they discovered that walking will help lower blood pressure, improve blood cholesterol levels, and reduce Body Mass Index.
This has an overall impact on lowering the risk of coronary heart disease.
So when out for a walk, and especially for a brisk walk, the blood starts pumping a lot more and this in turn improves circulation.
It also helps strengthen the leg and arm muscles, and also increases lung capacity. That in turn helps build up our endurance.
And of course the result of all of this is, that we will have a healthier heart.
It should also be noted that as a result of being healthier, we also become less prone to sickness, and in turn that has savings in terms of expensive visits to the doctors and health centers.