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BLOOD PRESSURE AND EXERCISE

 

Making exercise a habit can help lower your blood pressure. It also gives you more energy, and it's a great way to ease stress and feel better.

You can do any activity you like, and you don't need to go to a gym. As long as you're moving around and making your heart beat a little faster or breathing harder can work. That includes brisk walking, joggingswimming, biking, lifting weights, or doing yard work.

There are three basic types of exercise:

  1. Cardiovascular, or aerobic, exercise can help lower your blood pressure and make your heart stronger. Examples include walking, jogging, jumping rope, bicycling (stationary or outdoor), cross-country skiing, skating, rowing, high- or low-impact aerobicsswimming, and water aerobics.

  2. Strength training builds strong muscles that help you burn more calories throughout the day. It’s also good for your joints and bones.

  3. Stretching makes you more flexible, helps you move better, and helps prevent injury.

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