Be Fitness Vigilant | Stay Active to Reduce Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure is one of the most common modifiable risk factors for heart disease and stroke for women.

Did you know? 

  • Approximately, 1 in 2 adult women in the US have elevated blood pressure, > 120/80.
  • Physical activity can help to prevent and control blood pressure by strengthening the heart, contributing to a healthy weight, and reducing stress.

ACSM Recommendations for physical activity to combat High Blood Pressure:

How much?

150 minutes a week (30 min X 5 days = 150 minutes) of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous physical activity

Which Activities?

Activities that increase your breathing and heart rate

  • Fast walking
  • Cycling
  • Stair climbing
  • Household chores

Which strategies help women stay active?

  • Self monitoring using wearable devices or smart phone apps to track progress
  • Social Support: train with family members, a friend or take a group class

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