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How can exercise help to lower blood pressure?

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Exercise is the soulmate to eating right. You’re more likely to lose weight if you exercise and follow a healthy diet. Official recommendations call for at least half an hour of exercise most days of the week. The effects can be dramatic: Blood pressure drops of 4 to 9 points. Remember that exercise isn’t just going to the gym. It can be gardening, washing your car, or housework. But things that get your heart rate up -- aerobic activities -- like walking, dancing, jogging, riding your bike, and swimming are best for your heart.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure.”

American Heart Association: “Five Simple Steps to Control Your Blood Pressure,” “Processed Foods: Where is all that salt coming from?” “How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure,” “Meditation and Heart Health.”

Institute of Medicine: “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.”

Heart : “Cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory changes induced by different types of music in musicians and non‐musicians: the importance of silence.”

Netherlands Heart Journal: “Neurocardiological differences between musicians and control subjects.”

Environmental Health Perspectives : “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.”

Journal of Investigational Dermatology : “UVA irradiation of human skin vasodilates arterial vasculature and lowers blood pressure independently of nitric oxide synthase.”

Harvard Medical School: “Taking blood pressure pills at bedtime may prevent more heart attacks, strokes.”

DashDiet.org: “The DASH Diet Eating Plan.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure.”

American Heart Association: “Five Simple Steps to Control Your Blood Pressure,” “Processed Foods: Where is all that salt coming from?” “How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure,” “Meditation and Heart Health.”

Institute of Medicine: “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.”

Heart : “Cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory changes induced by different types of music in musicians and non‐musicians: the importance of silence.”

Netherlands Heart Journal: “Neurocardiological differences between musicians and control subjects.”

Environmental Health Perspectives : “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.”

Journal of Investigational Dermatology : “UVA irradiation of human skin vasodilates arterial vasculature and lowers blood pressure independently of nitric oxide synthase.”

Harvard Medical School: “Taking blood pressure pills at bedtime may prevent more heart attacks, strokes.”

DashDiet.org: “The DASH Diet Eating Plan.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

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