What to know about blood pressure rates after exercising
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is very common, affecting around of the world's population.
shows that exercise is particularly effective at lowering blood pressure. This is the case, regardless of whether the exercise is intensive or moderate.
In this article, we describe optimal blood pressure levels. We also provide tips on lowering blood pressure through exercise and other lifestyle changes.
What is normal?
Regular exercise can help a person reduce stress.
Blood pressure readings consist of two numbers: One represents systolic blood pressure, while the other represents diastolic blood pressure.
A systolic blood pressure reading measures the force of blood against the artery walls while the two lower chambers of the heart squeeze. A diastolic blood pressure reading measures the same force of blood between beats, when the heart relaxes.
When a doctor records blood pressure, they write the systolic figure before the diastolic figure.
are typically less than 120, for systolic pressure, and less than 80, for diastolic pressure. The typical way of writing this is: under 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
Readings above 140/90 mm Hg indicate that a person has hypertension, or high blood pressure.
Readings between 120/80 mm Hg and 139/89 mm Hg indicate that a person has pre-hypertension.
Advancing age can cause blood pressure levels to rise. report that most people in the United States who live into "old age" will develop high blood pressure.
How to lower blood pressure
To reduce high blood pressure, a person can try: