High blood pressure is a common condition which rarely has noticeable symptoms. If the condition goes undetected for numerous years, an increased risk of serious conditions such as heart attacks or strokes may occur. According to numerous studies, doing this one particular activity could help significantly reduce your reading.
For a person battling with high blood pressure, walking may hold the key to help with the condition and improve your heart.
This is the message from researchers at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Researchers cited a Korean study which indicated that by walking for just 40 minutes a day helped lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.
A US study also suggests that walking offers many cardiovascular benefits for those with high blood pressure and are obese.
In the Korean study, 23 men with high blood pressure were analysed.
The researchers measured the men’s blood pressure following a 40-minte brisk walking session and four 10-minute brisk walking bouts.
It was noted after the walk, blood pressure dropped about five points and three points after the four 10-minute walk.
Lead author of the study Dr Saejong Park said: “We think the benefits of walking will also be sustained over time if the men keep exercising and these findings suggest that even those with busy schedules can include walking into their daily lives and will reap the same health benefits.”
Verywellfit.com said: “Whether you have high blood pressure and have been diagnosed with hypertension or prehypertension, getting regular exercise such as brisk walking can help lower it.
“A review of the exercise recommendations for hypertension noted that exercise had as much effect on blood pressure as many medications.
“You can reduce your blood pressure with either one long or a few shorter bouts of walking throughout the day.
“It’s great to have a continuous exercise session of 30 minutes or more most days of the week.”
The health site continued and said: “High blood pressure can often be prevented or reduced by eating healthy, maintaining weight, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation, and not smoking.
“Cut down on the amount of salt in your food and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
“The Eatwell Guide highlights the different types of food that make up your diet.
“It shows the proportions we should eat to have a well-balanced and healthy diet.”