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Posted by Tom on December 13, 1999 at 19:45:50:

In Reply to: walking to lower blood pressure posted by Sandy on November 27, 1999 at 13:22:49:

Sandy....I don't know exactly why excercise lowers high bp but I will tell you my experience and you can draw your own conclusions....I was diagnosed with high bp in Jan/99 (173/114). I had not been to the doctor for some time so am not sure how long it had been that high. He immediately put me on Zestril medication. I took it for fear of a stroke or something but I detest taking medication. I went down to the local health club and started an excercise program in Feb/99. About every 6 weeks, I would go off the Zestril and see what happened. My bp climbed right back up the 1st few times, but after 6 months, it was normal and remained normal and has continued to remain normal ever since. I am still following my excercise program (20-40 mins cardio, 20 mins weights) 3-5 days each week during my lunch hour. It takes dedication, but in addition to normal bp, I have also lost weight and feel great. I am not on any kind of a diet, I drink acohol (way too much) and yet my bp has remained normal. I would encourage you to do any excercise you can and I believe that after 5-6 months you will see a remarkable improvement in your bp as well as your overall health. Good Luck!

: My doctor told me that walking was good for lowering high blood pressure. How does walking (or other exercise) help lower high blood pressure?

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