How does physical activity help if you have hypertension?


Blood is pumped around the body by the heart. It is circulated through vessels known as arteries, and smaller vessels known as capillaries. When the heart contracts to force blood into these vessels, your blood pressure increases. This is why your blood pressure measurement is made up of figures, the pressure during contraction and the pressure during relaxation. High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. (more…)


How does physical activity help reduce cholesterol

Why cholesterol is important?

In general, the higher your total blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk of coronary heart disease. You should aim for a total cholesterol level of under 5mmol/l ( millimols of cholesterol level of under your blood cholesterol is even slightly above this level, you can greatly benefit from reducing it.

Other factors which affect your risk of heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, being overweight, being physically inactive and having diabetes, particularly if your blood sugar control is not good. (more…)



Test how much you know about how physical activity affects your heart. The following statements are either true or false. Decide what you think, then compare your responses with the answers given below

  • Regular physical activity can reduce your chances of getting heart diseases

Heart disease is almost twice as likely to develop ion inactive people, so this is true. Being physically inactive is a risk factor for heart disease along with cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and being overweight. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of getting heart disease. Regular physical activity(even mild to moderate exercise) can reduce this risk. (more…)