In this modern era, more and more people seem to adopt unhealthy lifestyle. The fast paced world nowadays has benefited us but unfortunately it also has brought negative effects when the chaotic work life can lead to depression, and modern appliances tend to make us “lazy” and do less physical activities.
This is why people these days are more prone to diseases such as hypertension or high blood pressure (HBP) that may eventually lead to more serious health conditions such as stroke and heart failure. High blood pressure or hypertension is in fact a “silent killer” because people may not realize that they have it.
If you have hypertension one of the many ways you can do to lower or even normalize it without medication is by being more active physically. Of course you can have a lifestyle change such as changing your diet, stopping smoking as well as alcohol, and reducing salty foodstuff. But another thing that is also important is to do regular physical exercises that will be significant in reducing high blood pressure.
If you do physical exercises, you will have healthier supply of blood to your heart’s muscle tissue so it will get more oxygen and nutrients. As an addition, it will increase HDL (good cholesterol level) and reduce LDL (bad cholesterol level).
The kind of exercises you can do to control high blood pressure is aerobic, which is a rhythmic exercise that will improve your breathing and heart rates. In this case, you don’t need to do complicated and boring exercises. In fact, simple physical activities like mowing the lawn and fun activity like dancing are considered aerobics. The other examples of aerobic activities are walking, swimming, bicycling, stair climbing, etc.
An alternative kind of exercise to lower hypertension can be applied by eliminating tensions with breathing exercise because it is one of the main factors that contribute to HBP. When you practice slow deep breathing, your heart will not have to pump more blood like when you practice shallow breathing that reduces the body’s oxygen.
You should also practice the proper breathing, which is abdominal breathing instead of upper chest breathing. When you do abdominal breathing, your belly should rise while your chest stays still.
You can control your blood pressure without drugs or medication by implementing the tips above. However, you should note that it is better to consult your doctor before doing any kind of physical exercises, especially if your blood pressure is quite high.