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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Get Outside and Move Around in the Sun to keep your blood pressure low

Today is going to be a beautiful sunny day in Pennsylvania. Put on a sweater and get out in the fresh air....

Exercise and vitamin D both help keep your blood pressure low. They also make your heart, lungs, and brain stronger, lose a couple of pounds, preserve bone density and help you sleep well at night. Just get outside in the sun and move around. Or move around inside and soak up the sun separately. You can take your activity level up a notch, 10 minutes at a time, 3 times a day.

Anyone who can go around and around the mall for Christmas shopping can manage a little physical activity every day.

Anything that gets you out of the house is good. If you decide to join a club, volunteer to read with second-graders, or take an art class, you can choose to park a little way from the best entrance, then take an indirect route through the building to give you 10 minutes of walking. Or you can walk around in the mall. Or even join an aerobics or aquasize class, to make exercise less boring.

And remember the sunlight. As little as 10 minutes a day in the sun can give you more vitamin D than you could ever get from a pill.

Keep the stroke away. Move around every day.