My friend Beth swears that exercise and diet alone have allowed her to lower her once high blood pressure quickly and easily. We hear about tons of people suffering from high blood pressure and how they need to take medication to be able to lower it but we hardly ever hear about somebody who succeeds in lowering it naturally. This is usually because people aren’t willing to change their lifestyles and follow a decent exercise regimen as well as a good diet.
Beth swears her blood pressure was hovering somewhere around 150/90 consistently. She also said she had blood pressure spikes at times where it reached 150 or 160/100. She stresses this usually came after drinking large amounts of coffee or the day after having one too many cocktails. No surprise there!
Beth also says she got sick and tired of feeling sick and tired so she started weight training and doing cardiovascular exercises just like when she was much younger at the age of 25. She says she never could have imagined how horribly she had let herself go and how unhealthy she felt all of the time.
She started lifting weights five days a week; nothing super-heavy, It was ust enough resistance to tone up her body and get herself on the right track. She also mixed in three days of cardio where she would either jog, run-walk, or use the Stairmaster, treadmill, or elliptical machine at the gym.
Within three months her body had changed dramatically and even though she still had to take a high blood pressure medication, it wasn’t long before she was able to wean herself off of that, too.
Furthermore, after Beth lost over 25 pounds, she says her cellulite appearance had diminished considerably. Her problem areas were her buttocks and her thighs as in many women.
This is not the first time I hear of a story like this, so I believe many people can do it if they try. If you’re suffering from high blood pressure you may want to consider trying to work out using weight resistance and mixing in a fair amount of cardiovascular exercise. At the same time, make sure you get the go-ahead from your private physician before you start any exercise regimen. If you haven’t exercised in a while, make sure you start out slowly so you can build resistance and stamina. One of the easiest traps that can sabotage your efforts in sustaining an exercise regimen is to start out trying to do too much too soon. This may lead to burnout and it will take away any desire you have to work out at all.