Best Fitness Tips To Control Hypertension

Hypertension or high blood pressure as it is referred to more commonly, is a health condition that has become so prevalent today that all of us know of at least one person who has high blood pressure. This health condition again is a fallout of our modern-day hectic lifestyle where physical activity gets compromised.   

The good news is that popping pills for the rest of one’s life need not be the only answer to dealing with hypertension. There are many natural ways to regulate and mitigate the ill effects of high blood pressure, and also reduce dependence on medication for treating it.  

The best fitness tip to control hypertension is to keep it in check naturally. Adopt and follow a healthy lifestyle and good habits. Here are a few ways you can benefit if you want to control hypertension and in the process become fit and lead a healthy life.   

Make Regular Exercise A Daily Habit

If you have been diagnosed with hypertension that is your wake up call to get up and get moving. Being physically more active is one of the best ways to treat hypertension. Regular exercise improves circulation of blood, burns calories and promotes better heart health. This helps to keep the blood pressure level in control.

Your workout routine should ideally include more of moderate to vigorous intensity cardio exercises. Exercises that build stamina, strength and flexibility are also useful to manage high blood pressure. Regular exercise will not only help to lower your blood pressure, it will also promote overall fitness and better functioning of all organs and muscles.

Cardio Exercises:

Brisk walking, swimming, skipping, standing alternate toe touches, jumping jacks, cycling and dancing are a few of the light cardio exercises that a person with hypertension can do. Climb stairs whenever you get the opportunity. It is a great cardio workout and a really simple way to control hypertension. Doing cardio exercises increases the heart rate resulting in better blood flow in the body. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.  

Basically hypertension patients need to increase their range of movement and activity during the day. Staying active and improving one’s fitness levels is something that should anyway count as an important life goal for everyone to stay in good health.

Eat Healthy

Along with regular exercise and being more physically active, following a correct diet plan can help keep blood pressure in check. These are a few points you should be aware of from a diet perspective if you have been diagnosed with hypertension:

  • Reduce sodium intake as much as possible in your food
  • If you enjoy alcohol, make sure you drink in moderation
  • Cut down on processed foods as they contain a high amount of sodium
  • Include more potassium-rich foods in your diet
  • Have low fat dairy products   
  • Maintain your fluid levels and stay hydrated
  • Eat more fresh greens
  • Have moderate portions of food at regular intervals

To control high blood pressure you need to ensure that you develop and follow healthy eating habits. Ensure that you eat nutrition packed meals that are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals like iron and potassium and include moderate amount of low fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Your diet should have fresh seasonal fruits, cereals, dairy products and whole grains. This will nourish your body, build muscle and bone strength, increase your energy levels and help lower your blood pressure. 

Following and incorporating these fitness tips on a daily basis can definitely help in controlling hypertension so that you can enjoy good health and perform daily tasks better.

Even while working on your exercise and diet plan to control and reduce blood pressure, you know that a health emergency can strike anytime without warning. Hence it is wise to be financially prepared for any such eventuality by purchasing health insurance.

It is advisable to go in for a comprehensive health insurance policy that can give you maximum benefits such as cashless hospitalisation cover at network hospitals, 24x7 call assistance and lifetime renewal. Health insurance can cover your pre and post hospitalisation expenses as well as protect your finances during critical illness. Compare plans and insurers at your convenience and purchase a health insurance policy that best suits your requirements. Ensure that you buy a health cover only from a reputed health insurance company and secure your own health and that of your family.

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