Our expert says:
It is always dangerous to start exercising strenuously for such long periods if you have never done so before and if you are unfit. Rome was not built in a day! If you have blood pressure problems then it is also essential that you have a medical checkup BEFORE you start exercising and that the dr approves the type of exercise you will be doing. In your case, walking may be a better option - discuss this with the dr. The DASH DIET (click on Disease Centres on the Health24 Website and then on 'Hypertension' for a copy of the DASH DIET) can help to lower your bp so do give it a try. You also need to get that stress under control - try doing yoga under the guidance of a teacher and deep breathing exercises to unwind. If these treatments don't work then you may need to consult a clinical psychologist to teach you how to cope with stress.
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