30 minutes to lower blood pressure.

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We’re talking about a simple habit that can benefit your blood pressure: a brisk walk. We know that regular exercise helps with blood-pressure control, and researchers recently put a.m. walks to the test. In a controlled setting, researchers assessed the effects of adding a 30-minute morning walk to an otherwise sedentary day among a group of overweight adults. Blood pressure dropped among both men and women on the days when they walked—about the same degree as with blood pressure medication. What’s more, when women who had walked in the morning also broke up their daytime sitting with short, frequent breaks, they had an additional drop in blood pressure.Walking isn’t the only form of exercise that offers blood-pressure benefits, of course. Swimming, jogging, dancing, raking, hiking, biking, tennis, or anything else that raises your heart rate fit the bill! But walking is especially accessible—no special gear needed, no gym membership required.

Source: Effect of Morning Exercise With or Without Breaks in Prolonged Sitting on Blood Pressure in Older Overweight/Obese Adults

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau.

Posted on May 31, 2019 and filed under fitness.