One Hour of Exercise Weekly Can Lower Your Blood Pressure…

July 6, 2007

Just One Hour of Exercise A Week Controls Hypertension!!

4150893541.jpg….says one headline that caught my attention.  Apparently this amount of aerobic exercise can be spread out over a week and has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure ( the upper number) by an average of 12 points and the diastolic reading ( the lower number) by 8 points.

The study which was published in the American Journal of Hypertension, proves that one does not need to really spend a lot of time working out to get a benefit!  But the study also showed that the more you exercise the more the benefit in terms of lowering ones BP suggesting that we should do more than just an hour a week.

It is very important to remember that several medical guidelines recommend 30 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week because physical activity has been shown to reduce ones risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

My Advise?

  1. Make sure you make exercise FUN… in so doing… you can sustain the idea of doing it daily!  
  2. Make it part of your daily routine just like driving a car of eating your meals! Once exercise has made its way into your daily schedule, then it becomes part of your daily routine!

We should have only ONE goal in mind when we think about Exercise…simply….

Keep Fit  To Be Healthy!

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6 Responses to “One Hour of Exercise Weekly Can Lower Your Blood Pressure…”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    Wow this is nice information. Meaning, any activity can help lower your BP because moving from one place to another like by walking is already an exercise. Right?

  2. Doc Gerry Says:

    Hi Jon…absolutely..again I would emphasize there is what we call a NEAT: Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis… meaning activities of daily living can help avoid chronic disease related to obesity like Diabetes and High blood pressure. Just be on a constant move in your office, in your house or even during your shopping! I do this all the time…walk around my house look for things to repair or adjust or just palin inspecting the faucets for leaks etc! RATHER THAN lying in the couch with your snacks and drinks and do nothing except EYE exercise!

  3. maxim Says:

    Yup, exercise’s benefit is truly amazing.

    For me, i make use of it as a bonding activity with my wife. We go to the gym together and enjoy doing the thread mill and other cardiovascular exercises.

  4. Claire Says:

    Hi doctor, it’s me again. I made a comment on Too lilttle sleep… Just wanna tell you that your site is really inspiring… and encouraging. I am now convinced to do exercise, really. I have never tried doing any exercise like going to the gym or playing sports because I feel it’s so tiring. Even though my eent told me several times to exercise still i chose not to. I have light weight but I have experienced numbness sometimes, feelings I can’t explain. I have experienced coughing for years now, my eent said it’s because of my rhinosinusitis and still my cough persisted even though i have nasal spray. And lately, i have been so moody and so irritable. Now, i’m more convinced to do exercise… you are right doctor. BEAT THE STRESS, LET’S EXERCISE! I read your category Exercise and Activity Tips. Yes!!! exercise can improve mood and self-esteem and therefore… overall!!! thank you doctor for that encouraging article. God bless!


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