Since my early 20s, I was always one to go to the gym religiously. I would work out with free weights and I would usually finish up with a cardio workout. Back then, I never had any health problems and I felt great all the time; strong as an ox! Of course, that was over 30 years ago.
A few years ago, I had a serious wake up call when I went for my yearly health checkup. My doctor told me I had high blood pressure and he wanted to place me on medication. I was a little resistant to it at first, but I had no choice because my blood pressure was spiking to levels I never imagined I would have ever had. It was hovering around 140/95 consistently.
I tried my best to take my blood pressure medication (Benicar) but it came with side effects. I always felt dehydrated because of the diuretic properties of this drug. I also found myself having skipped heartbeats, apparently due to the effects of the drug in interfering with my natural blood pressure. So, in essence, I really wasn’t feeling good at all while using this drug.
I had the option of switching medication at this point but luckily, that’s when I had an epiphany. I started thinking what it was that kept me so healthy years ago. It all pointed to working out with weights and getting and staying in good cardiovascular shape. It also meant my diet would have to revert to more tuna fish and low-glycemic carbs like I used to eat when I was more concerned with looking good and attracting the opposite sex!
So here’s what I did. I joined a gym for the first time in 15 years. I worked out five days a week by starting out slowly and progressing to a one hour workout. Within two months, the results were astonishing. I weaned myself off the high blood pressure medication and even though it’s something I don’t recommend, I’m here to say I did it and don’t regret it. My blood pressure without medication after three months was around 120/80 or so, consistently!
There is no doubt I was able to lower my blood pressure due to my exercise and going back on a sensible diet. I lost 20 pounds in a year and I’m sure that was a major factor in my turnaround.
You may want to try this if you’re suffering from high blood pressure. It worked well for me. I would suggest you start out slowly and only after you get the okay from your doctor. You just may be able to get off your high blood pressure medication like I did!