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Well been dealing with high blood pressure since about early last year and i'll tell you what it's hard to change old habits,still working on it.Decided to start getting serious about this and stop using excuse after excuse for not doing something about it,so today i'm gonna start walking.Don't really know if this will help out or not but i have to start somewhere.If anyone has any advice on this subject please feel free to chime in.
 

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Sure, anything more than you're doing as far as exercise can't hurt. Start with walking. Take some short trips and you'll find out real quick how out of shape you are. I suspect after you start adding more distance and more terrain(hills) your health will improve. You may enjoy just the walking...you may wish to start jogging. Hiking is great alternative to just hoofing it down the sidewalk or road as well. Look up the 'couch to 5k(C25K)' program...it builds you up from nothing to light jogging to running a 5k. If nothing else it eases you into it instead of hammering away from day one.

Start small, don't go for the gusto right out of the gate though. If your joints bother you get a bike and start riding it....virtually no joint pain and the cardio is the benefit you're looking for.

Good luck in you quest. Here's some motivation that someone posted on my "I QUIT" thread in this forum: You can have excuses or results....not both! I think of that when I'm lacking motivation to go to the gym or just want to push my routine a little harder.
 

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I take a forced march walk every day with my setter. I walk fast enough that he has to trot to keep up. I feel a lot better and it helps burn the calories.
 

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Good advice Jason!


I was able to get off high Blood meds doing the same. I did a few things in addition as well.

1. I eliminated adding salt to any of my cooking and food. (plenty already in any canned goods)
2. Virtually cut out all processed meats. i.e. deli meats
3. Switched to whole grain foods.

Due to bad hips, knees etc. I can no longer jog, so I hike and walk. This year, I will probably get into moutain biking. (maybe as early as Turkey Season)
 

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Mountain biking changed my life! It got me off the couch and actually enjoying exercise....that morphed into a whole lot more as far as fitness goes. You'll enjoy enjoy it!

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Well went for a 3 mile walk and it felt great,a few small hills and yes i got winded but kept on going,was a bit on the chilly side but not to bad.
 

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I"ll be glad when the weather gets straightened around and I can get back into walking regularly, I miss my walking.......
 

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I do weight watchers and walk a ton. The only thing I won`t walk in is lightening and thunder!! Deathly afraid of it as long as I can remember
 

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You should try it....it's electrifying!








Sorry, that was terrible....I just couldn't stop myself!
 

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Everyone started somewhere...walking is as good a way as anything.

As for the sore joints, 6 months ago I never would have thought I would be running today. My knees were bad, my ankles would get sore from any little activity. I started walking and SLOWLY increased the intensity and a little running. Once I got to where I could do something without it hurting the next day, I would add a little more. I now run 3 miles every morning and I can't tell you how much better my knees and ankles feel. I can now stand up and start walking without a couple gimpy steps. I know not everyone is the same, but I blame my sore joints on lack of use...the key is to get into it slowly.
 

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Stay under 1hour duration
Instead of going longer time wise ..go faster...& slowly add elevation...
In cycles if your on a machine /tread mill
You'll be shocked at the results...
 

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oilcrk said:
Stay under 1hour duration
Instead of going longer time wise ..go faster...& slowly add elevation...
In cycles if your on a machine /tread mill
You'll be shocked at the results...
That`s how I did it a little over a ayear ago!! Works great
 

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I do weight watchers and walk a ton. The only thing I won`t walk in is lightening and thunder!! Deathly afraid of it as long as I can remember
Try it you might get a charge out of it.....
 

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With regards to physical activity, try to slowly work your way to accumulating at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity aerobic exercise most days of the week. The key here is moderate intensity. The best way to gauge moderate intensity is by buying a heart rate monitor and staying withing your target heart rate zone. After a bout of mod intensity exercise there can be an acute reduction in bp, but it may take some time before you see a long term effect. With that said, you need to simultaneously pursue a low sodium diet as mentioned previously. I would specifically follow the DASH eating plan. All of this will take some discipline to maintain, but its much better to set some time and money aside now than be forced to have to do so in response to a cardiac event.

Message me your email and I can send you the WHole Dash plan in PDF format
 

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I too would suggest the HR monitor, but to expand on that , log your walks/runs, so you can see your progress. I log my distance, time, max and average heart rate, and the route. If you have a GPS you can log your speeds too.
 

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I too would suggest the HR monitor, but to expand on that , log your walks/runs, so you can see your progress. I log my distance, time, max and average heart rate, and the route. If you have a GPS you can log your speeds too.

You can also get a garmin watch that tracks Heart rate as well as everything the gentleman mentioned above through computer software- they are incredible!
 

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If you don't already have one, get a dog. Best walking partner and motivation to go that there is.
 

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richbat said:
Me and the boy had a nice walk today 5 miles and dang did it feel great.
See, feels good! Walking alone WILL improve your fitness. If you become interested in more later on then fine, it's not a bad thing. My best bud's mom started walking everyday and eating right several years ago after a life-threatening hospitalization....she's dropped about 50lbs and is the most fit and active woman I know in her late fifties! She does no other exercising at all, just walks every day....sometimes 12-15 miles on a weekend day or long summer night!
 
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