Did you know that you can help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range, by making a few lifestyle changes?
Preventing high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension, can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. Try practicing these healthy living habits!
Keep Yourself at a Healthy Weight
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of high blood pressure. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, providers often calculate your body mass index (BMI). We can review your BMI during your next visit, and If your BMI isn’t where you would like it, we can go over ways to reach a healthy weight, including choosing healthy foods and getting regular physical activity, and if necessary, connect you with a care provider we know and trust.
Be Physically Active
If you need help staying active – let us know. We can work with you to develop an aerobic and strengthening plan that works for you. In the meantime, we have some easy ways to be more active to help you get started. Why are we so adamant about this? Because physical activity can help keep you at a healthy weight AND lower your blood pressure. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises, such as brisk walking or bicycling, every week. That’s about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Children and adolescents should get 1 hour of physical activity every day.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is not only important to your overall health, but it’s a vital part of keeping your heart healthy and for recovery during rehabilitation. Not getting enough sleep regularly is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. If pain is inhibiting your sleep, let us know. We can work with you to identify the best sleeping positions for your injury.
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