Keeping your weight at a healthy level has many benefits for your overall well being, both physically and mentally. Physiologically speaking, because heart disease is such a major, potentially deadly health issue, lowering your blood pressure is very critical. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, but losing weight is at the top of the list.
In terms of your biology, having less weight to carry around means the heart does not have to work as hard, which in turn keeps it healthier. Of course, the two ways to lose weight are to eat better, and exercise. Where lowering blood pressure is concerned, it’s the latter that is most critical.
Many turn to blood pressure medications when directed by their doctor, and when that is the case, it’s certainly a good decision. But regular exercise can substitute the need for a medication, particularly when it’s used as a preventative measure. It doesn’t need to be anything intense to start: simply go for walks, then longer ones, and work your way up to jogging or running. There may be other forms of exercise that fit your personality and body better, such as swimming or weight training. Always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
When the pounds come off, your heart will be more efficient, and your blood pressure will move to a healthy number. When you exercise, your heart gets much needed strengthening to do the same. It’s an important combination to work towards, and the earlier you make it a habit, the more effective and preventative it will be.