High blood pressure affects about one in three adults, and millions of individuals, putting these individuals at higher risk for two of the leading causes of death, heart disease and stroke. Another one-third of adults suffer from pre-hypertension, which means you have higher blood pressure numbers yet have not yet been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Worse yet, only about half of individuals who have high blood pressure do anything to control or lower it.
If you are looking for strategies to manage your blood pressure or prevent pre-hypertension from developing further, consider enrolling in an Adults Ju-Jitsu Class at Mind Body Spirit
Training in Ju-Jitsu may help you manage and lower your blood pressure naturally. However, anyone beginning an exercise regimen should consult with their doctor to see how it can best fit within your treatment plan. Here are four ways to control your blood pressure, and how Ju-Jitsu can help:
- Lose weight and trim your waistline.
Weight increases are often accompanied by jumps in blood pressure. Getting up and moving through regular practice of Ju-Jitsu can control weight. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight will prevent sleep apnoea – another factor in high blood pressure.
- Commit to regular exercise.
When students practice Ju-Jitsu, their hearts are using blood more efficiently. This means students’ hearts don’t have to exert as much energy to perform activities both in and outside of the dojo. Exercise can also help students with pre-hypertension avoid developing hypertension, while those already dealing with high blood pressure can bring it down to safer levels.
- Reduce stress.
As work, school, family or other stressors seem to be multiplying our classes are attracting more and more students. These individuals recognise the benefits Ju-Jitsu practice helps to develop coping mechanisms and calm.
Many types of martial arts include a component of meditation. According to the American Heart Association, meditation can contribute to lower blood pressure, as it helps you let go of stress and take a mini-mental holiday.