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Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center

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Exercise Tips for Those With High Blood Pressure

3 Ways to Stick With Exercise

  1. Make it fun! You'll be more likely to stick with it.
  2. Schedule exercise into your daily routine. Plan when you're going to exercise and put it on your calendar.
  3. Find an exercise "buddy." This will help you stay motivated and enjoy it more.

Is It Safe?

Being active is one of the best things you can do for your blood pressure. Ask your doctor if there are any limits on what you can try.

When you exercise, notice how your body feels. It may take a while before your body gets used to it. That's normal.

It's also normal to breathe harder and to sweat, and for your heart to beat faster, when you're doing aerobic exercise.

But if you're feeling very short of breath, or if you feel like your heart is beating too fast or irregularly, slow down or rest.

Stop exercising if you feel chest pain, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or pressure or pain in your neck, arm, jaw, or shoulder.

Call your doctor or seek emergency treatment immediately if these symptoms do not go away quickly, or if it happens again.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on April 03, 2014
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