Blood pressure is the amount of force that the circulating blood exerts on the artery walls as the heart contracts and relaxes. High blood pressure therefore means that there is increased stress and strain on the arteries. This extra strain can speed up clogging of the arteries and over time can contribute to heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease and stroke.
As we age, our arteries become less elastic causing our blood pressure to increase. Increased weight, a diet high in salt, increased alcohol consumption and kidney disease can also lead to increased blood pressure. Lack of exercise also increases the risk of high blood pressure by up to 50%.
Exercise can prevent high blood pressure, and regular exercise has also been shown to actually lower blood pressure
Getting regular exercise has so many benefits. It can assist in the management of specific health conditions, but it can also help lift mood, increase energy and improve sleep.
Knowing that exercise is good for your health and well being and putting it into practice though are two completely separate things. Whether it's finding the time, knowing the 'what, when, and how to' or aches and pains or injury that maybe preventing you from enjoying the benefits of regular physical activity, our Exercise Physiologist can help.