I Exercise Daily. Why Is My Blood Pressure So High?

I Exercise Daily. Why Is My Blood Pressure So High?

It’s no secret that regular exercise is a cornerstone of any healthy lifestyle. It helps keep your weight in check, boosts your cardiovascular health, and even improves your mood — but when you exercise daily and you still face health issues, it can be frustrating and confusing.

You’re not alone. Even dedicated exercise enthusiasts can find themselves grappling with high blood pressure, a condition that seems contradictory to their active lifestyle. Kunal Patel, MD, and our team at NJ Cardiovascular Institute are here to help you find answers.

Here’s what you need to know about why high blood pressure can still develop and what you can do to get your numbers in check.

The connection between exercise and heart health

First and foremost, it's important to acknowledge the benefits that daily exercise has on your heart. Regular physical activity improves the efficiency of your heart, increases the flexibility of your blood vessels, and enhances blood flow — all of which are essential for optimal heart health.

While these benefits can lead to a reduction in blood pressure over time, there are instances where high blood pressure persists despite consistent exercise.

Factors beyond exercise: other possible causes of high blood pressure

Regular exercise is a great way to maintain heart health. But if your blood pressure is still high, a number of other factors could be at play.

Genetics

Genetics affect blood pressure regulation. That means if high blood pressure runs in your family, you might be more prone to developing it, even when you’re exercising regularly. Genetic predisposition can have a significant impact on your health and should be taken seriously.

Stress

Emotional stress contributes to high blood pressure. Daily life stressors, work pressure, and emotional strain can lead to elevated blood pressure. Along with exercise, engaging in relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing can help you manage stress.

Sleep pattern

Consistent poor sleep or sleep apnea can negatively impact your blood pressure. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to support overall cardiovascular health, and see a doctor if you have symptoms of sleep apnea.

Dietary choices

Certain dietary choices can elevate blood pressure, including high intake of salt and processed foods and low intake of potassium-rich foods. Healthy foods, on the other hand, complement your exercise routine, so strive to eat a balanced and nutrient-rich diet.

Alcohol and tobacco

Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can significantly raise blood pressure, despite your exercise habits. Limiting your alcohol intake and quitting smoking are crucial steps for managing blood pressure numbers.

How to manage high blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, it's crucial to consult a health care professional. Dr. Patel and our team assess your individual situation, including your exercise routine, other lifestyle habits, and medical history.

We can recommend appropriate tests and create a tailored blood pressure management plan that addresses your unique needs. Along with exercise, we may recommend:

These methods can all work together to enhance your heart health and lower your blood pressure. We keep a close eye on your progress and adjust your treatment plan, if needed.

Remember that exercise is an essential piece of heart health, but high blood pressure can persist despite daily workouts. To find out what’s contributing to your high blood pressure and get a personalized treatment plan to take back control, talk to Dr. Patel and our team.

Call the NJ Cardiovascular Institute office nearest you or send us a message online to get started.

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