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Post  polka23dot on Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:11 pm

Americans are now more than an inch fatter around the waist on average than they were in the late '90s. source: http://www.citylab.com/work/2014/09/americans-waistlines-are-growing-ever-la rger/380257/

Having high blood pressure and not getting enough exercise are closely related. The American Heart Association recommends you get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or a combination of both each week. source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/h igh-blood-pressure/art-20045206

Studies consistently find that light-to-moderate exercise is even beneficial in people with existing heart disease. Note, however, that anyone with heart disease or cardiac risk factors should seek medical advice before beginning a workout program... Studies continue to show that physical activity and avoiding high-fat foods are the two most successful means of reaching and maintaining heart-healthy levels of fitness and weight. The American Heart Association recommends that individuals perform moderately-intense exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. This recommendation supports similar exercise guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American College of Sports Medicine... Regular exercise helps keep arteries elastic (flexible), even in older people. This, in turn, ensures good blood flow and normal blood pressure... It should be noted that high-intensity exercise may not lower blood pressure as effectively as moderate-intensity exercise. In one study, moderate exercise (jogging 2 miles a day) controlled high blood pressure so well that more than half the patients who had been taking drugs for the condition were able to discontinue their medication... Anyone with existing high blood pressure should discuss an exercise program with their doctor. source: http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/specialtopic/physical-activity/exercise %27s-effects-on-the-heart.html

When you're done exercising, don't stop suddenly. Just slow down for a few minutes. This is especially important for someone with high blood pressure... Stop exercising if you feel chest pain, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or pressure or pain in your neck, arm, jaw, or shoulder. Call your doctor or seek emergency treatment immediately if these symptoms do not go away quickly, or if it happens again. source: http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/safe-exercise-tips

Being thin, it seems, is an unspoken requirement if you’re after a fatter paycheck. And the thinner you are, the better you fare, financially speaking. If you are deemed to be heavy, on the other hand, you suffer, as a 2011 study made clear. Heavy women earned $9,000 less than their average-weight counterparts; very heavy women earned $19,000 less. Very thin women, on the other hand, earned $22,000 more than those who were merely average. And yes, those results are far more visible on women’s earnings than on those of men. You may also struggle for promotion. It turns out that about half of male CEOs are overweight, but only 5% of female CEOs carry extra pounds. source: http://www.theguardian.com/money/us-money-blog/2014/oct/30/women-pay-get-thin-study

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