High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than 25 per cent of all adults in the UK. The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs. You could be raising your chances of developing hypertension by eating an unhealthy diet, or by not doing enough exercise. But you could slash your risk of deadly high blood pressure symptoms by regularly going jogging, it’s been claimed.
Jogging could help to avoid hypertension as it’s an aerobic activity, according to AXA PPP Healthcare’s Junior Physiologist, Daniel Craig.
Aerobic exercise is any activity that gets your out of breath, and it could lower your blood pressure by as much as 10 per cent.
It’s also important to add resistance training to your workout routine, added Craig.
“If you’ve just been diagnosed with high blood pressure you may feel anxious about exercising but, in the majority of cases, it’s perfectly safe and can actually help lower your blood pressure too,” he said.
“If you have any doubts, always check with your doctor that it is safe for you to exercise, particularly if you have other medical conditions.
“Aerobic exercise – which includes most activities that make you moderately out of breath – can help reduce your blood pressure by up to 10 per cent.
“This could be fast walking, jogging, cycling or swimming, but even mowing the lawn, digging the flower beds and dancing count.
“There is also plenty of research now to suggest that resistance training, when combined with moderate activity, can help to reduce blood pressure, if done correctly.”
Dynamic resistance training include any weightlifting or circuit training workouts, he added.
You should aim to get your heart rate to around 60 per cent of its maximum.
Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
Hypertension is often known as ‘the silent killer’, because symptoms only tend to reveal themselves if you have extremely high blood pressure.
Common high blood pressure symptoms include having severe headaches, finding blood in your urine, and having a pounding in your chest.
Diagnosing the condition early is crucial, as hypertension raises the risk of some deadly complications, including heart attacks and strokes.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist to check your blood pressure.
All adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least once every five years.