Exercise choices to lower blood pressure

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May 23, 2024

Being more active is not just a healthy choice—it's a smart step towards managing blood pressure. In this blog, we'll look at how you can pick exercises that are safe and good for lowering blood pressure. Before you start any exercise, it’s important to talk with your healthcare provider. If your blood pressure is well-controlled, you're likely good to go, but it’s best to check first. If you need extra help, we’re here for you. Simply self enroll for medication support, you can also call us at (410) 348-1905 or send us an email.

1. How hard should you be working out?

You can use a smartwatch to check your heart rate or a clock to time your pulse. When you're doing the right amount of exercise, you should be able to talk in short sentences—if it's too easy or too tough, you should adjust.

2. Get the support you need!

Committing the time and having friends or family support you is a good way to put your health first. Your health plan also might have exercise guidance, fitness goals, and programs for disease management. Read more below about what benefits you can tap into!

3. Pick activities that fit you!

• If you enjoy being with others, consider taking brisk walks with friends or family. Having a pet come along can make it even more fun.

• If you sit at a desk most of the day, try to get up and move a little throughout your day to stay fresh. If you work from home, here is a 5-minute office break workout and a 10-minute desk stretch to get yourself moving.

• If you want to get more steps in without traveling too far, try walking workouts that fit easily into busy schedules!

• Want to spend more time with your kids? Play active games everyone can enjoy like balloon stomping or an obstacle course that uses things from your home.

• Need something easy on your body? Yoga is gentle, can help lower your blood pressure, and keeps you moving.

Starting new habits can be hard and might need some changes along the way. Be ready to try different activities and find what works best for you. If you need any help, just contact your Scene care team!

The content on this site is not and should not be considered medical advice or a substitute for individual medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always talk to your health care provider(s) for diagnosis and treatment, including information regarding which drugs, therapy, or other treatment may be appropriate for you. Learn more here.

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