Watch Now: Hypertension and Exercise 101

Federal researchers say lowering blood pressure below the current recommended levels can cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure by 30 percent. That new recommendation comes after initial results from a landmark clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

The new research advises people 50 and older to keep their systolic blood pressure — the top number in the blood pressure reading — to 120 mm Hg.

Lifestyle modifications — exercise and a healthy diet — are important tools for managing, reducing or preventing high blood pressure, medical experts say. And when it comes to exercise, a commitment to aerobic and strength (resistance) training can deliver healthy results, says James Cordell, Wellness Center director at Mariners Hospital.

He recommends 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times a week, preferably daily. What’s more, to get to a healthy daily dose of aerobic exercise, you can divide workouts into 10-minute sessions, sprinkled throughout the day. Of course, anyone under treatment for high blood pressure should consult with their doctor before beginning a fitness program, Cordell says.

The Baptist Health News Team joined him in the Wellness Center at Mariners Hospital. Watch the video now.

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