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Walking and the Heart


Stories abound on the topic of how walking has helped save lives by lowering blood pressure and reducing obesity in those who have taken walking seriously. High blood pressure or hypertension is a silent killer because of its lack of symptoms. Itís estimated that 40% of overweight people have high blood pressure so obesity is a major problem. Heart disease is also a major factor, particularly on people over 40, however heart disease is now showing up in youngsters.

Just because you can recognize any symptoms now, doesnít mean they wonít show up soon. If youíre middle aged and not active there is a high likelihood you could be headed for blood pressure problems.

Blood pressure is an estimate of the force the blood exerts on artery walls and it is a measure of how efficient youíre your body is in delivering nutrients and oxygen to where it is needed. Blood pressure is regulated by the kidneys, brain and nervous system. High blood pressure is not well understood since any number of factors can create the condition. There have been many reports of people losing weight, lowering dietary intake of unhealthy fats and exercising more have lowered their blood pressure back to normal or better than normal.

Normal blood pressure is 120 over 80. The first number is the systolic pressure which is the pressure on the artery walls as the heart is pumping blood out. The second number is the diastolic pressure which is a measure of the force exerted on the arteries between heart beats. Blood pressure normally fluctuates during the day.

Blood Pressure Chart

NormalMildly HighModerately HighVery High
Under 140/80140/90 to 160/103160/104 to 180/115over 180/116

Ask your doctor to take your blood pressure and if it is high, you need to take action by starting walking regularly, reducing fats in your diet, taking time to relax, and making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. When youíre ready, take a good look a Bodytronics excellent quality blood pressure monitors that will help you become more of your blood pressure fluctuations throughout the day.


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