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Lower Your Blood Sugar

Toni-Ann DiSantis

Need motivation to lower your blood pressure? Try monitoring (via Cleveland Clinic Wellness)

Regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health—and all the more so if you have high blood pressure. A single exercise session, in fact, has been shown to lower blood pressure by 5 to 7 points, for up to 22 hours. The trick, for many people, is starting an exercise routine and sticking with it. New research suggests that monitoring blood pressure at home can boost motivation.  In a 12-week study, a group of adults with hypertension attended supervised exercise sessions and were encouraged to do more at home. Half of the group monitored their blood pressure twice a day as well as before and after exercising, and half did not monitor their blood pressure. Compared with those who didn’t monitor, those who did experienced double the blood pressure drop during the study, and four weeks later, they were doing far more exercise. What’s more, those who continued to monitor maintained a steady exercise routine, averaging three 45-minute exercise sessions a week, while those who stopped monitoring dropped down to one 20-minute session a week. The bottom line: Seeing results can help you forge new habits and stick with them. If you have hypertension and don’t exercise regularly, create a realistic exercise schedule and monitor your blood pressure. Track your numbers, and let the changes cheer you on!