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Lifestyle Changes May Put Blood Pressure in Its Place

By Tom Herrin

Anytime someone suddenly finds themselves with blood pressure at levels of concern, it can be a cause for concern.  Particularly for those who have had few health problems, suddenly discovering that their blood pressure is not well under control can make them feel that their health may be going down the tube.  Most of the time, this does not have to be the case.  While there may be some other reasons for increased blood pressure, making some changes in lifestyle may be all it takes to get them on the road to better numbers and better health.  More often than not, major changes will not be necessary if they will pay attention on a more regular basis.

A Little Exercise May Do a Lot

Most people are well aware of the need for exercise, but they often feel that they just don't have time.  If they are not getting any exercise at all at present, anything will be an improvement.  Even a small amount of regular exercise may be enough to help to lower blood pressure.  Physical activity can help to increase blood flow and encourage blood vessels to expand.  Walks of 15 or 20 minutes per day may be an adequate amount to make a difference.

Stress May Play a Big Part

Everyone deals with stress in their own way.  Many are able to find ways to relieve theirs by some kind of external outlet.  Others tend to keep it somewhat hidden.  This can contribute to some serious issues with health.  Blood pressure may well increase as they keep problems to themselves.  Allowing others to help, or share, in making some decisions that add to this stress can help to relieve it.  Trying to solve all of their problems personally, no matter what they are, can be a major contributor to stress.  

A Healthier Lifestyle Can Help a Lot

We should all seek to have the healthiest lifestyle possible.  This may include many things.  What we eat, how we move, and what kinds of habits we have can all be major factors in our health.  For the most part, we can do things that will support our having good blood pressure.  I have found that I must constantly monitor my weight, blood pressure, etc., in order to keep it where it needs to be.  As I do this, I am able to adjust what I do and experience the kind of health that is best for me.   A few simple things help me to keep my blood pressure where I need it to be.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Carmel, Ind.

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