Many people struggle with high blood pressure. In fact, 70 million Americans (29%) battle this health condition and only 52% of them have their high blood pressure under control. This is a scary condition to suffer from because it increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. Did you know that running for just 30 minutes, 3 days a week can help lower your blood pressure and strengthen your heart? Remember though, when you first start running, make sure to always warm up before running, start slowly, and keep in touch with how your body feels during your run. If you have not been active in previous years, your body will need some patience and understanding; the fact is just getting out and running, no matter how slow it may be in your mind, is a step towards a healthier you. You have plenty of time to work your way up to more intense runs! If you ever experience chest pain, weakness, dizziness or pressure in your neck, arm, jaw, or shoulder these are your warning signs to slow down or rest. Despite how healthy running is for you, it is only healthy if you practice it safely and give yourself the chance to progress as your body needs you to.