Want to hammer hypertension and safeguard your heart?
Learn the secrets behind anaerobic exercise and high blood pressure.
Did you know around 10 million people in the UK have high blood pressure or hypertension? That's 20% of us - or 1 in 5 - who carry the risk of a ruptured artery or their heart failing.
To better picture those kinds of numbers, try to imagine Wembley football stadium filled to its capacity more than 100 times!
So how can you hammer hypertension horrors?
Discover the secrets of exercise and high blood pressure and why strength training is your best defense.
Your heart is constantly under pressure. A marvel of genetic engineering, it is designed to pump blood forcefully through the arteries and out to your muscles, organs, and the rest of your body.
How does it do this? Put simply, your heart works by generating pressure. Things begin to go wrong when the pressure becomes too much, putting a strain on the arteries and the heart itself.
When this happens, you can rupture an artery or cause the heart to fail under the strain, leading to a heart seizure and attack.
So what is high blood pressure and why does hypertension happen? Hypertension occurs when blood is forced through the arteries at an increased pressure. In many cases, this can lead to complications including:
You can see these dangers are frightening, but what are the causes for high blood pressure?
Frustratingly, for more than 95% of people the causes are unknown. However, the major heart attack risk factors which increase hypertension have been identified. They are:
Having identified the risks, how can you lower high blood pressure and could strength training play a key role?
Most importantly, you should start by targeting those major factors that increase high blood pressure. This means you should quit smoking, monitor your diet, cut down on alcohol, etc. These lifestyle changes alone will help towards lowering high blood pressure naturally and reduce your risk of developing the condition.
And what about exercise?
Studies show how exercise - and anaerobic exercise in particular - can play an active part in controlling this life threatening condition. Just think: an abbreviated workout performed for only a handful of minutes could help boost your fitness, keep you healthy, and safeguard your heart.
That is great news, and a fantastic reason for you to start strength training today.
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