Hello, for me, starting high blood pressure medication actually helped increase my exercise tolerance. I started losing weight after that. I would exercise and my heart rate would go up, I would get so red in the face, and sweat profusely. After being diagnosed with high blood pressure and then starting medications, I was much improved. I am now on 2 different medications but I can exercise much better. Hopefully, I can lose weight and then get off blood pressure medication. Good luck to everyone out there!
My BP med has an 'ace inhibitor' which causes tiredness. In my 60's but always active and suddenly realized I was doing nothing but sitting in my chair, in front of the TV, for months. So hard to exercise when you feel like this.
I try to counter it by walking or doing yard work in the morning before taking my pill. Am trying hard to lose weight and hope that helps.
5/11/2013 10:30:07 AM
I'm new here and have the article and comments helpful.Thanks Everyone. I have out kof control BP and have been on meds for years. I'm. Hoping that with summer eating better, less sodium and more exercise I. Will see a drop in weight and BP.
5/4/2013 12:57:02 PM
well don't do weighs more just walks very short. and yard work , garden work to.
Actually, recent studies have shown that weight training DOES help lower blood pressure. This article needs an update!
12/23/2010 3:24:55 AM
OOPS forgot to mention, 30 minutes a day on my glider machine DRIVES my BP down to the best possible range within a few minutes after exercising, and it stays there for a good amount of time...
12/23/2010 3:19:55 AM
after arguing for a year with a visiting nurse who volunteered to visit our apartment building to test residents for high blood pressure, I finally agreed to take a lisinopril with thiazide to try to control my HBP, a few months ago I bought my own monitor which wraps around the wrist, and checks out very well with my doctor's office visits as far as accuracy, I found to my surprise that a huge component to brief episodes of HBP was emotional reactions to silly stuff like a scary science fiction movie :) I started out with 12.5 mg and now use 25 mg daily, chemistry has three main aspects, temperature, pressure and concentration, my temperature is almost always naturally low, but my addiction to sodium, and lack of control of the pressure component, caused a life long problem with HBP, the prescription does have a few side effects, however the ability to control spikes in BP is worth it.
This is a great article and a very important one for those that are just starting out. I started back with Spark when diagnosed high blood pressure. With aerobic exercise and a healthy diet, I was able to get my BP readings back to NORMAL. I was truly amazed!
I've been walking and doing yoga for 3 years now but am not consistent enough so I feel like I start over a lot- and so seem to never intensify-I have done some light lifting for an arm problem but this is very convicting- my son just bought a series of weights and has been using a pull up bar too- I need to be more consistent.
Sometimes I can tell if I overdo it as my heart rhythm speeds up too much and I can get very high blood pressure in spite of pills. A few days ago I discovered Promise Activ supershots to help control blood pressure. They were in the area by the yogurt and are full of potassium. Being on Sparkpeople has made me aware that I often do not get enough potassium (allergic to milk and bananas) so I was glad to find this tiny drink and not have to take potassium tablets. Its really hard to lose weight when a person cannot exercise aerobically but I cannot do much anymore. Long ago I once jogged six miles so I wonder, what happened to me. Got old I guess. Anyway, thanks fort this pointer that some of us have to be careful as all I ever hear is EXERCISE, exercise.....with never any understanding that sometimes I CAN'T! .
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