Living with pulmonary hypertension (PH) is not just about managing your PH – you also need to stay healthy. This can reduce the chance of your PH worsening. It also provides many other advantages in terms of health, well-being and quality of life.
Movement and physical activity
How you lead your life affects your PH. If possible, you should be getting gentle exercise at least once a day.
The following short videos provide further advice (click to view):
The PHA UK has produced a further range of short videos with guided exercises to help you stay active and get fitter and stronger:
- Simple exercises to help you get fitter and stronger at home
- Walking to get fitter
- Developing your exercise
Diet and weight
To stay fit and healthy, your body needs a mixture of nutrients and vitamins. The best way to get this is to eat a balanced diet. It is also important to maintain a healthy weight. It can be difficult to manage your weight, especially if PH makes it hard for you to exercise.
To find out whether you are a healthy weight and for guidance on what makes up a healthy diet, visit the NHS’s livewell website.
You will also find advice on nutrition and health eating on our sister website, www.phocusonlifestyle.org.
Click here to be taken straight to our dedicated articles and resources.
Small changes to your lifestyle can make big differences in terms of health benefits.
- If you exercise less, remember to eat less. If your PH means you can’t exercise, you won’t need as much food as those around you.
- Try to get out of the house at least once a day. Even a small walk can help.
- Buy healthy foods that you like. Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day doesn’t have to be difficult.
- Don’t overdo it. Changing the amount of exercise you do is about long-term change; don’t tire yourself out in the first few days.