What Type of Exercise for Hypertension Can You Do? For How Long?
Sure, increasing your physical activity can help you lower your systolic (top) and diastolic (bottom) blood pressure values. But what exercise for hypertension can you do and for how long?
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should acquire at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week.
Below are some of the aerobic exercises you might want to take into consideration:
- Active sports (such as basketball or tennis)
- Brisk Walking
- Climbing a staircase
If you also love plants, you may also try getting into gardening. Cutting grass, cleaning the garden, and raking leaves can help you get in the amount of movement need in a day.
The most heart health advantages appear to come from a combination of aerobic and weight (resistance) exercise. But you should get an “OK” signal from your doctor before proceeding with any combination exercise for hypertension you can work around with.
In addition to that, you should discuss with your doctor how to structure a healthy program following the FITT principle.
F = frequency (How often can you exercise?)
I = intensity (How intense/hard can you push yourself?)
T = time (How long can you exercise per day?)