Exercise: Did It!

Did it! I walked on the treadmill for an hour.

I start the morning with a 6-minute routine. Three minutes of basic Yoga moves the child’s pose, down dog pose, upward dog pose, cat-cow pose, and warrior pose. Then three minutes of old fashioned situps. When the gym is not open, or I don’t feel like going to the gym, I repeat this routine throughout the day and add either a 10 minute lower or upper body workout. I am not always diligent and often forget.

Pre-exercise BP 114/84; HR 73. Post-exercise BP 121/89; HR 80.
Average HR 89; Maximum HR 103

Normal BP is 120/80 or lower. High blood pressure is BP 130/80 and higher. Those numbers have come down quite a bit over the years. It used to be 140/90, and before that, it was 160/90. Reducing stress, finding ways to relax, and exercising are some of the best ways to lower blood pressure. Reducing salt intake, maintaining a healthy diet, and losing weight are also critical non-pharmacological ways of decreasing blood pressure. If you have a family history of high blood pressure, check it at least twice a year, even if your pressure remains normal.

What exercise did you do today?


Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

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