High blood pressure is the most frequently managed problem in general practice in Australia. The good news is as little as 30 minutes of gardening a day elevates your heart rate and helps keep blood pressure down at a normal level. What better reason to get out and get busy in the garden.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease and renal failure.
Heres how to keep your blood pressure down:
Elevate your heart rate for 30 minutes every day. Walking, gardening and dancing all count as exercise.
Know what your blood pressure is. Buy a blood pressure monitor (that fits on the upper arm) and monitor yourself regularly.
Buy salt substitute at your local supermarket (often called Lite salt). This is high in potassium and keeps sodium levels in check. Use it as a salt substitute in cooking by adding it to soups, vegetables and pasta.
Take a three-minute mini-holiday when you can. Close your eyes, relax and take deep breaths. This will not only instantly reduce your blood pressure levels, but on a continuous basis it will have a more permanent affect. ABC Gardening Australia Magazine.
Remember the Lismore Garden Club Christmas BBQ is on Tuesday, December 12, in the beautiful big garden of Dot and Charlie Cox at Boorie Creek Rd, Lismore, from 10am. For further information phone me on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451.
Finally: You dont have to go to a gym and run endlessly on a treadmill. Relaxing physical exercise can be anything you enjoy doing. Robert E Kowalski (one of Americas most eminent medical lecturers.)
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