It’s not uncommon to have elevated blood pressure levels as we age. While sometimes taking medication is necessary to control blood pressure, there are ways to help manage it naturally. Here are some tips:
Keep a Healthy Weight
When your weight increases, so can your blood pressure. Being overweight or obese is one of the top risk factors of high blood pressure. Keeping an eye on your waistline can help you keep your blood pressure numbers stable as well. High blood pressure has been linked to having extra pounds around the waistline. According to Mayo Clinic, men are more at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches and for women if their waistline is greater than 35 inches.
Adopt an Exercise Routine
Regular exercise can not only help you keep a healthy weight, but it can also help you avoid developing hypertension. You don’t have to run a marathon to get exercise. Walking or riding a bike or dancing can all be ways to stay moving. For those who have mobility issues, try chair exercises, or yoga to keep you active.
Eat a Healthy Diet
When it comes to managing blood pressure, the following natural snacks can help. Try adding the following to your diet:
- Whole grains
- Low-fat dairy products.
Be mindful to avoid caffeine and salt-laden foods. Processed foods such as hot dogs, bacon, and pre-packaged cheeses have a large amount of sodium. Too much sodium in your diet can increase blood pressure levels.
Find Ways to Reduce Stress
Stress can add to increased blood pressure levels. Try reducing stress by:
- Listening to music
- Talking to a friend
- Getting outside for some fresh air
- Read a book
- Participate in arts and crafts
The Arbors Assisted Living community encourages and supports healthy habits for our senior residents. We provide a variety of nutritious meals as well as activities that help to avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more!