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Old 04-17-07, 05:43 AM   #1
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Blood Pressure

I'm kinda new to cycling and I was wondering how or if cycling has effected your blood pressure (hopefully decreasing it). Mine is starting to rise and I want to get it back into the "normal" range through exerise and weight loss (easier said then done). thanks had a great day.
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Old 04-17-07, 06:15 AM   #2
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I have the same situation. Have started walking more (3-3.5 miles per day with dogs). Have cut back salt, eating more veggies & fruits. Losing a few pounds is supposed to be one of the quickest ways to lower bp. Mine is coming down slowly. It's normal (120/72) at times but goes up to 150's over 80's at other times. It used to be 110/70 when I was younger & friskier. Good luck to you.
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I'm kinda new to cycling and I was wondering how or if cycling has effected your blood pressure (hopefully decreasing it). Mine is starting to rise and I want to get it back into the "normal" range through exerise and weight loss (easier said then done). thanks had a great day.
YES- weight loss, diet, exercise.

BTW, right after intense aerobic exercise, your blood pressure will go down temporarily for a few hours.
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Old 04-17-07, 10:02 AM   #4
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I'm kinda new to cycling and I was wondering how or if cycling has effected your blood pressure (hopefully decreasing it). Mine is starting to rise and I want to get it back into the "normal" range through exerise and weight loss (easier said then done). thanks had a great day.
I'm fighting the same thing. Been cycling for 15 years. Got up to 205 lbs with the help of lots of beer and rich food. I'm now down to 185 and completely changed my eating. I try to ride 4-6 days a week from 1.5 to 4 hours.

Having said all the above, I think what helped lower my blood pressure the most was quitting drinking and eliminating all caffeine. Those were causing my blood pressure to spike.

This week my blood pressure medicine was decreased by a third. Hopefully w/the riding and eating correctly, I can lose another 15-20 lbs and take no medicine. BTW, I'm 60 yrs old.

Good luck w/the BP.
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Old 04-17-07, 10:36 AM   #5
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The secrets to blood pressure control are: 1) weight loss; 2) sodium restriction for those who retain salt (I do); 3) calcium; 4) low-fat diet, which lowers blood viscosity and helps with item 1; 5) stress reduction, relaxation, meditation (I listen to classical music); 6) alcohol and caffeine reduction (since I never started either, I can't quit ); 7) aerobic exercise. As usual, no simple single magic bullet, but many lifestyle-related adjustments working synergistically.
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Do what works for you, work with your health care provider, don't expect instant results. Ride your bike.
There is no medical consensus that caffeine contributes to cardiovascular disease. (As a caffeine-dependent RN, I try to keep up with these things.)
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Do what works for you, work with your health care provider, don't expect instant results. Ride your bike.
Above answers are correct, but remember there is also family history component. You may be "riding against the wind", so don't get too frustrated and keep doing the right things.
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My blood pressure has been "boderline" high for years. However, it's always within normal range when I get at least 5 - 6 hours of riding in per week. For me this has been a more effective than diet, weight control, other forms of stress management, etc.
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They keep lowering "normal" blood pressure to "pre dead(hypertension)" status. Yesterday you were fit as a fiddle and the next thing you know your in trouble.

Exercise, diet, overall health may be the key to blood pressure control.
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