High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than 25 per cent of all adults in the UK. It’s caused by eating an unhealthy diet, and by not doing enough exercise. The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs. You could lower your risk of deadly high blood pressure symptoms by regularly doing weightlifting, it’s been claimed
Weightlifting is one of the best sports to help lower your blood pressure, according to the founder of personal fitness app TruBe, Daria Kantor.
While it’s likely to cause a quick rise in blood pressure when you first start training, it’ll help to lower your hypertension risk over a number of months, she said.
Weightlifting could also have a positive effect to your overall health, said Kantor.
“High blood pressure is something that everyone should aim to avoid, as it significantly increases the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease, blood clots, strokes and kidney disease,” Kantor told Express.co.uk.
“It goes without saying that regular exercise can help lower your blood pressure, in additional to whole host of other physical benefits.
“Not only does it give you more energy, it also reduces stress significantly.
“A type of exercise that I highly recommend to reduce blood pressure is weight training.
“Although there is often an initial sharp increase when you first take up the discipline, weight lifting in fact lowers your blood pressure in the long term, and is also an excellent way to boost your metabolic rate and reduce body fat.”
You could also lower your risk of high blood pressure by doing cardiovascular exercises, said Kantor.
Power walking, jogging, swimming and cycling could also help to lower your blood pressure and improve the strength of your arteries.
Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every day.
High blood pressure is often known as ‘the silent killer’, because you may not know you’re at risk of the condition.
Signs only show themselves if you have extremely high blood pressure.
Common high blood pressure symptoms include severe chest pain, blurred vision, and developing a pounding headache.
All adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least once every five years.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist to have your blood pressure checked.
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