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Easy Exercises to Do Around the House

  • 1. Phone Book Step Aerobics


    Use an old phone book (or more than one if they're thin) for step aerobics, a quick cardio workout. Wrap masking or duct tape around the book to create a safe, firm, nonskid step.

    A: Step up onto the phone book and down again for several minutes to warm up.

    B: Do a few knee lifts or low front kicks for variety, and turn on some fun music to keep a brisk pace.

    Disclaimers


    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 2. Shoulder Raises with Cans


    Canned foods can be used as inexpensive hand weights.

    Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Hold a can in each hand with arms at your sides. Raise arms to shoulder height with palms facing forward. Lower arms back to starting position at your sides. Do 15-20 repetitions.

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    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 3. Overhead Press with Cans


    A: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Holding the cans with palms facing forward, bend arms at the elbows until the cans are in line with your shoulders at about ear-level.

    B: Push the cans above your head, then return your arms to the starting position. Do 15-20 repetitions.

    Tip: Doing a few arm-and-shoulder exercises in quick progression can help improve your arm tone.

    Disclaimers


    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 4. Tricep Kick-Backs with Cans


    Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your torso forward slightly, flexing your knees. Hold the cans, palms facing inward, and extend your arms. Raise your arms behind you as far as is comfortable; keep your elbows soft, but do not bend them. Do 15-20 repetitions.

    Tip: After doing a few arm movements with cans, make sure you gently rotate your wrists to keep them loose and comfortable.

    Disclaimers


    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 5. Bicep Curls with Cans


    Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Hold a can in each hand with palms facing upward, so the cans are parallel to the ground, and your elbows at your sides. Bring both hands toward your chest, bending arms at the elbows and flexing your biceps. Do 15-20 repetitions.

    Disclaimers


    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 6. Bending Squats with Cans


    You likely bend dozens of times a day reaching for things on the ground. Turn those bends into squats, which strengthen leg muscles and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and arthritis. When you squat down, keep your upper body straight with the majority of your weight on your heels. When returning to standing position, flex from the knees. Repeat the squat five times; squat several times daily.

    Disclaimers


    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 7. Light Squats with a Towel


    Hand towels and bath towels provide soft, flexible supports for a few quick moves.

    A: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Hold a hand towel in both hands, pulling the ends of the towel tight, and extend your arms in front of your body, keeping the towel at hip level.

    B: Slowly raise the towel above your head as you sit back into a squat. Lower your arms as you rise up. Do 10-15 repetitions.

    Disclaimers


    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 8. Push-Ups with a Towel


    A: Place a folded bath towel on the floor under your chest. From a bent-knee position, place your hands on the towel, shoulder-width apart.

    B: Lower your chest toward the towel, and then push up to the starting position.Repeat as many times as you can.

    Disclaimers


    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 9. Ab Crunches with a Towel


    A: Lie on a bath towel folded lengthwise. Position the towel under your spine and neck with a portion extending past your head so you can reach back and hold the end with both hands. Bend your knees with your feet on the floor.

    B: Flex your torso up from the waist, using the towel to raise your head and shoulders while stabilizing your neck. Return to starting position. Do 15-20 repetitions.

    Disclaimers


    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 10. Leg Lifts with a Towel


    Lie on your back with one knee bent and your foot placed firmly on the floor. Wrap the towel around the calf or thigh area to help you increase your range of motion for the leg lift. Raise the opposite leg straight up, to the best of your ability, toward the ceiling. Hold for 10-15 seconds, then repeat with the other leg.

    Disclaimers


    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

  • 11. Heel Raises While Brushing Your Teeth


    While brushing your teeth (or washing your hands, or rinsing dishes or doing any other sink or counter activity), raise your heels. Rest one hand on the sink or counter for balance, if necessary. Do 10-15 repetitions.

    Tip: This exercise is designed to strengthen your calves and exercise your feet and ankle joints. This is an important movement pattern, especially for people with lower-body edema (swelling) and weak ankle joints. The muscles act as pumps to increase circulation, which may help decrease swelling.

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    Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
    Photo is of a model not an actual patient.

INDICATIONS

BENICAR and BENICAR HCT are prescription medicines used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). They may be used alone or with other medicines used to treat high blood pressure. BENICAR HCT is not for use as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure.

Important Safety Information for BENICAR® and BENICAR HCT®

WARNING: DO NOT TAKE BENICAR or BENICAR HCT DURING PREGNANCY

  • BENICAR and BENICAR HCT can cause harm or death to an unborn baby
  • Talk with your doctor about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you become pregnant
  • If you get pregnant while taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT, tell your doctor immediately

Please see the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section of the Full Product Information about Fetal Toxicity.

Do not take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT if you:

  • Take medicine that contains aliskiren and you have diabetes or kidney problems

Do not take BENICAR HCT if you:

  • Have less urine than normal or if you cannot urinate
  • Are allergic to other sulfonamide type medicines
  • Have severe kidney disease

Children that are less than 1 year of age must not receive BENICAR for high blood pressure.

Before taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Also tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. A medicine in BENICAR HCT can pass into your breast milk. This may harm your baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT or breast-feed. You should not do both.

Let your doctor know about any health conditions you may have
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in BENICAR or BENICAR HCT (see Full Product Information for a list of the ingredients in BENICAR or BENICAR HCT as applicable). Also let your doctor know if you have any of the health conditions listed below:

Before you take these medicines: Let your doctor know if you have these, or any other, medical conditions:
BENICAR
  • Kidney problems
  • A lot of diarrhea or are vomiting
BENICAR HCT
  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Lupus
  • A lot of diarrhea or are vomiting
  • History of allergy or bronchial asthma

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take
Some of your other medicines and BENICAR or BENICAR HCT could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects.

These medicines may include prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements:

If you take BENICAR, tell your doctor if you also take:


  • Water pills (diuretics)
  • Other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem
  • Potassium supplements or a salt substitute that contains potassium
  • Pain or arthritis medicines, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Welchol® (colesevelam hydrochloride)

If you take BENICAR HCT , tell your doctor if you also take:


  • Water pills (diuretics)
  • Other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem
  • Potassium supplements or a salt substitute that contains potassium
  • Pain or arthritis medicines, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Welchol® (colesevelam hydrochloride)
  • Diabetes medicine, including insulin
  • Narcotic pain medicine
  • Sleeping pills and antiseizure medicines called barbiturates
  • Lithium for certain types of depression
  • Steroids
  • Cholesterol-lowering medicines

About alcohol and other drug interactions
If you are taking BENICAR HCT, do not drink alcohol. Your blood pressure may become too low if you drink alcohol.

Some of your other medicines and BENICAR or BENICAR HCT could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects. Take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT as prescribed by your doctor. Talk with your doctor before you stop taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT.

Know about possible side effects of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT
Serious side effects may include injury or death to an unborn baby; low blood pressure (hypotension), which may cause you to feel faint or dizzy; and kidney problems, which may get worse in people with kidney disease. If you have kidney problems, you may need blood tests, and your doctor may need to lower your dose. Tell your doctor if you get swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands, or have unexplained weight gain. These may be signs of kidney problems. If you have heart failure, your doctor should also check your kidney function before prescribing these medicines. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Serious side effects may also include severe, chronic diarrhea with considerable weight loss, which may develop months to years after starting BENICAR or BENICAR HCT. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Additional side effects of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT
Because of the thiazide diuretic (water pill), an ingredient in BENICAR HCT, other serious side effects may include allergic reactions and changes in body salts (such as sodium and potassium) and fluids. Tell your doctor if you have these signs and symptoms: dry mouth, thirst, weakness, tiredness or sleepiness, restlessness, confusion, seizures, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting, having little or no urine output, fast heartbeat, or nausea and vomiting.

The thiazide diuretic in BENICAR HCT can also cause eye problems, which may lead to vision loss. Symptoms can happen within hours to weeks of starting BENICAR HCT. Tell your doctor if you have a decrease in vision or eye pain.

The most common side effect of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT was dizziness. Other side effects of BENICAR HCT included upper respiratory tract infections, more uric acid in the blood, and nausea.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. Not all the possible side effects of BENICAR or BENICAR HCT have been mentioned in the Important Safety Information. For more information, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

To report side effects, contact Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., at 1-877-437-7763 or the FDA at 1-800-332-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Please see Full Prescribing Information for BENICAR and BENICAR HCT, including Boxed WARNING regarding Fetal Toxicity.

The photos depict models, not actual patients or healthcare professionals.