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14 Dec 2004

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I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure at the age of 37. I am overweight at present and have just begun a diet and exercise. I stay close to the foot of Table Mountain so three times a week I will walk/climb for about 30 mins uphill and 30 mins. downhill - thus walking an average of three hours per week. Unfortuantely with this kind of exercise walking briskly is not possible. I have also started a diet - do you think this kind of exercise is suitable and will I start losing weight on this.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Di

I think it is a very good form of exercise - walking briskly is not much of a factor - you will find that what you are doing is what most people would consider a very tough walk, so it's great if you can do it. You should try to go out and walk on a flat road and just see how fast you have walk to get the same kind of sensation and effort as you get walking up the mountain, and then you will realise that your walk now is way more than 'briskly'. Having said this, and hopefully encouraged you to keep this up, do keep in mind that 3 days a week of exercise, while excellent, still means that you have 4 days of inactivity between and just adding one more day a week can make a huge difference - tipping the scales in your favour, so to speak. Therefore, what I would do is a 4th walk a week - it needn't be a long one hour walk, or a tough uphill walk, but perhaps just a nice easy 30 minutes will do nicely.

Good luck
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