If you lead a healthy lifestyle, you can help maintain your blood pressure in a safe range. This will assist you in lowering your risk for heart disease.
A healthy lifestyle consists of the following:
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Eating a healthy diet
• Getting enough exercise
• No smoking
• Limit your alcoholic intake
There are a number of treatments and medicines available to treat high blood pressure. It is said, “Precaution is better than a cure.” We need to follow healthy lifestyle changes in order to prevent high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is directly proportional to your body weight; it simply means as you increase your weight your blood pressure tends to rise. Over weight individuals have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and other illnesses. A healthy weight can help you feel more active and lower your risk of heart disease.
It’s not just what you weigh that’s significant, it also matters where your body stores extra fat. Similar to other inherited things, your body shape derives from your parents. Some people are “Apple-Shaped”; you tend to have extra fat stored in your waist area. Others are “Pear-Shaped” having more fat at their hips and thighs. The former tend to have higher health risks than the latter.
To lose weight you need use more calories than you consume. Eating three to five hundred calories less per day could lead to losing one and two pounds per week. This is a realistic weight loss. This may seem slow to you, but this weight loss would add up to a significant weight loss over a period of several months.
Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure. For adults, he Surgeon General recommends 2 hours and thirty minutes of moderate exercise, like brisk walking or bicycling every week. Aerobic exercises can help condition your heart and lungs and can prevent certain diseases.
If you have certain health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure or others, you should first consult with your family doctor. He can set you up with sensible goals based on your proper weight for your height, build and age.
Cigarette smoking raises your blood pressure and puts you at higher risk for a heart attack and stroke. It’s simple, if you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk for heart disease. Your doctor can suggests ways to help you quit.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol, as this can also raise your blood pressure. Men should drink no more than 2 drinks per day, and women 1.
Moderation is a key word to remember when thinking about improving your health going forward. Over-indulgence in most things lead to problems. Small steps can provide large gains in your overall health.