If you have chronic high blood pressure, you've probably already
been told that you are at risk of developing heart disease,
disease and stroke. Your doctor may have prescribed a medication
to help lower your blood pressure and recommended that you
avoid sodium, caffeine, and other substances.
If you haven't received any exercise recommendations, listen
to this: A study examined the effect of nine months of low-intensity
aerobic training on blood pressure in 26 elderly patients
who were receiving medication to regulate high blood pressure.
Thirteen patients agreed to take part in physical training
using a treadmill for 30 minutes, three to six times a week.
The remaining thirteen patients did not train and were compared
after nine months with the group that did.
After nine months, patients participating in the treadmill
exercise program experienced a decrease in blood pressure
compared with patients who did not exercise. Stopping this
training, however, resulted in a relatively rapid return to
pre-training levels in five patients within one month, suggesting
the importance of adopting a consistent exercise routine.
Have your blood pressure checked regularly by your doctor,
who will also be able to recommend a sensible, moderate exercise
program that will help keep your blood pressure low and your
Motoyama M, Sunami Y, et al. Blood pressure lowering effect
of low intensity aerobic training in elderly hypertensive
patients. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise,
June 1998; vol. 30, no. 6, pp818-23.