Exercise for High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a very common issue effecting roughly 1 in 3 adults in the United States. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for a number of deadly diseases including heart disease and stroke but luckily exercise has been shown to not only help prevent high blood pressure but manage it in people who already have it. Many studies have looked at the relationship between exercise and high blood pressure and have found some very promising results.
Researchers at Tulane University reviewed several studies that were done on people who had hypertension and people who didn’t to see if aerobic exercise would have an effect on their blood pressure. All of the studies they reviewed had a combined total of 2,419 test subjects so they had a lot of data to consider.
After going over the data they found that aerobic exercise did help people who had and did not have hypertension lower their blood pressure by roughly 3 mmHg which is a significant amount. These findings suggest that aerobic exercise can help prevent hypertension for people who don’t have it and can help people who are hypertensive manage their condition.
A similar study was done by researchers at the University of Leuven who reviewed data that had been collected on a total of 105 study groups to see if aerobic endurance training and weight training each had an effect on blood pressure.
- When it came to aerobic endurance training what they found was similar to what the last study showed which was that it caused a drop in blood pressure of around 3 mmHg.
- They also found that people who did aerobic training were able to lower the activity of an enzyme called renin by 20% which is an enzyme that increases blood pressure.
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