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    What type of exercise can help with my high blood pressure?

    I am 60 years old with high blood pressure. I watch what I eat but would also like to become more physically active. What type of exercise is best for my condition?
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    Lillian Bull

    Exercise Physiologist

    Lillian Bull is an Exercise Physiologist with Active Partnerships, a private practice in Mosman, Sydney. Lillian has been working in the health and fitness industry … View Profile

    Becoming more physically active should involve increasing your daily incidental activity, reducing the amount of sedentary time and performing some form of structured exercise on most days of the week. The most effective exercise for reducing high blood pressure is aerobic exercise, such as walking, cycling or swimming. Aerobic (or endurance) activity involves repetitive muscle contraction that helps to reduce pressure on the vascular system and reduce strain on the heart muscle. Gradually increasing the duration and number of sessions per week of “light to moderate” aerobic exercise (where you are still able to talk) has shown to have a positive blood pressure lowering effect.

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