High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than a quarter of adults in the UK. According to Dr. Chris Steele of ITV This Morning, you can reduce your risk of developing symptoms of hypertension by simply sitting in silence.
High blood pressure – also known as hypertension – puts extra strain on the blood vessels and vital organs.
This condition can lead to a number of fatal complications, including stroke and heart attack.
It is important that your high blood pressure is diagnosed as early as possible.
According to Dr. Chris, you can reduce your risk of high blood pressure by sitting quietly.
Sitting in a quiet place has a lot of benefits for your overall health, he says.
Without even thinking about it, sitting in silence helps us relax our breath.
Deep breathing then slows the heart rate, while helping the heart relax.
People should aim to just sit quietly for a few minutes every now and then to improve their health, he added.
“We know that silence has a powerful effect,”; said Dr. Chris of This Morning.
“If you sit for a while in a quiet environment with no distraction, you actually start breathing more slowly.
“Your heart rate slows down and your heart slows down. That benefits the heart and blood pressure.”
“You can’t directly control your heart, but if you sit in silence and breathe out and exhale slowly, you’ll slow your heart rate.”
You can also lower your blood pressure with more aerobic exercise, according to Blood Pressure UK.
Brisk walking, cycling and swimming are all great options for patients with high blood pressure.
Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderately intense activity per week.
That can be broken down into five days and 30 minutes, if time pressure stops you from exercising.
High blood pressure is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’, because symptoms only tend to show if you have extremely high blood pressure.
The most common symptoms of high blood pressure include chest tightness, blood in the urine, and severe headache.
It is important that all adults over 40 have their blood pressure checked at least every 5 years.
You can check your blood pressure by visiting your local doctor’s pharmacy or surgery.