Changing Your Habits for Better Health

High blood pressure is a concern for a growing number of people who may be afflicted with the disorder. Aside from medication, there are many lifestyle changes that can be made to facilitate lowering your blood pressure. The best part is that these simple lifestyle changes can create more peace calm and greater health, as well as lower blood pressure.

The Power of Breath

Learning to slow down and breathe deeply is a practice that has the ability to lower blood pressure. Slow breathing helps lower stress hormones that elevate renin. Renin is a kidney enzyme that raises blood pressure. Practicing meditation or yoga can be used to achieve a more relaxed way of breathing. Practicing relaxed slow breathing at least 10 minutes a day can affect blood pressure positively.

More Sunshine

Sunlight is good for us anyway, in moderation. The vitamin D that we get from it powers us and keeps us upbeat and happy. Sunlight alters the amount of nitric oxide in the skin and blood, lowering blood pressure. Spending time outdoors frequently allows you to get your dose of needed vitamin D and also has the ability to positively affect blood pressure, further reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack. So turn off that PC and put away that barcode inventory software for later. The great outdoors are calling you.

The Power Walk

Who knew something as simple as walking could have a powerful impact on blood pressure. Cardiovascular exercises can reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by four to nine points. The exercise doesn’t have to be high intensity, just steady and regular. Walking, jogging, and cycling are excellent choices. Thirty minutes is the suggested amount of daily exercise, but a mere 10 minutes a day can have a positive impact on blood pressure as well.

Even if you are already taking medication for blood pressure, these simple activities can be added to your routine, with your doctor’s approval of course. Learning to take strong deep breaths instead of shallow ragged ones, getting a healthy dose of sunshine, and taking walks or engaging in other low impact physical activities can help reduce your blood pressure. These are steps you can take to improve both your health and overall quality of life.

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