Take control of your blood pressure

Morning exercise with short walking breaks could help you control your blood pressure.

A new Australian study into blood pressure conducted by Michael Wheeler of Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute has found that combining 30 minutes of morning exercise with short walking breaks throughout the day could help you control your blood pressure.

Blood pressure is a key risk factor for heart disease and recent studies have shown that extended sitting can raise your blood pressure. The team at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute theorised that including short exercise breaks throughout the day could help control blood pressure, leading to the creation of this study.

"Older adults, in particular, can accumulate lots of sitting throughout the day, with upwards of two-thirds of their day devoted to sedentary behaviours," said Michael Wheeler.

The study found that participants had lower average blood pressure across the day when they were in a test condition that included 30 minutes of exercise in the morning. The biggest blood pressure reduction was observed only in women, when the test condition included 30 minutes of exercise in the morning, followed by three-minute walking breaks every 30 minutes during the seven-hour tests.

"We recognise that exercise is good, and we now have the awareness that prolonged sitting can increase blood pressure," said Dharini Bhammar of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Will you now be adding a morning walk or other type of exercise into your daily routine?

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    GeorgeM
    28th Feb 2019
    11:30am
    An old person I knew very well used to love sitting for hours on end (after a fall reduced his abilities to walk) for many years, yet he never had any blood pressure issue! Look for another reason, researchers! This is NOT real research, just statistical correlation analysis, and as one knows, statistics can be selectively used to tell any lies.
    Jen50
    28th Feb 2019
    12:00pm
    Everyone is different and what works for some might not work for others. A daily walk helped my mother-in-law to reduce her blood pressure until she gave up and sat around all day again. Someone who never has high blood pressure (me, for example), can sit around as much as they want without it affecting their blood pressure. As for stiffness and weight gain from inactivity, well, that’s an entirely different story, lol.
    Anonymous
    28th Feb 2019
    12:06pm
    I agree with you there.. Blood Pressure is definitely stress related more than anything else.. I know. I shouldn't have Blood Pressure, I do Hot Yoga 4 times a week and walk everyday for half hour... I've been an Athlete when I was in my 30s I don't have heart issues. But recently I went through in 2018 the most stressful part of my life yet. and my blood pressure was analogously high. Since all the stress has calmed down. I can control it now on my own without meds and do it alternatively.. Organic Celery juice 2 day keeps it somewhat normal. You can't travel or fly with Blood Pressure.. that's the only thing that pisses me off.
    KSS
    28th Feb 2019
    12:59pm
    And your anecdote of a single person is not science George M and is only applicable to that single person. It neither proves nor disproves anything. I'm surprised you didn't blame the current Government whilst you were at it.
    Old Geezer
    28th Feb 2019
    1:08pm
    Stress doesn't cause high blood pressure. I have lots of stress but it makes no difference.

    I have low blood pressure and just love it when the hospital monitors go off when my blood pressure falls further and they immediately dismiss them as faulty.

    Too much exercise lowers my blood pressure too much and I feel light headed and sometimes actually faint.

    Most medications and certain vitamins lower your blood pressure so I now don't take any medications at all.
    Greg
    28th Feb 2019
    4:13pm
    It's a generalisation buddy that fits most people, obviously there are exceptions just like your person.
    Triss
    28th Feb 2019
    6:29pm
    enneagram8. Why can’t you fly with elevated bp, I do?
    GeorgeM
    28th Feb 2019
    10:08pm
    That's right, Jen50 & Greg, that was my point, there are many different reasons for BP, and the article was focused on only one possible cause just based on a statistical analysis which is not considered adequate proof of cause in any real scientific research.

    KSS, take note, if a statistical study was done for how many people dealing with Centrelink have BP compared to others not dealing with them, I think the results may show (statistically) that Centrelink causes rise in BP! Especially, such a study since Liberals took over would show the rates of BP have risen even more now. Happy now? You asked for it.
    musicveg
    3rd Mar 2019
    1:01pm
    OG a lower blood pressure can also be a health risk, you need to do some research what is causing it, there is always a cause and most often a cure.
    KB
    28th Feb 2019
    4:18pm
    Naturally walking is good for all health issues but hard to do when you have mobility issues and weather comes into play. Do not recommend walking in extremely hot weather
    KB
    28th Feb 2019
    4:18pm
    Naturally walking is good for all health issues but hard to do when you have mobility issues and weather comes into play. Do not recommend walking in extremely hot weather
    KB
    28th Feb 2019
    4:18pm
    Naturally walking is good for all health issues but hard to do when you have mobility issues and weather comes into play. Do not recommend walking in extremely hot weather
    KB
    28th Feb 2019
    4:18pm
    Naturally walking is good for all health issues but hard to do when you have mobility issues and weather comes into play. Do not recommend walking in extremely hot weather
    Cowboy Jim
    28th Feb 2019
    10:12pm
    Thanks for hammering it home KB
    musicveg
    3rd Mar 2019
    12:59pm
    No amount of exercise will help unless you adjust your diet, no salt or very little, that means cutting out all processed and packaged foods. More vegetables and fruit and less animal products. Eat low fat wholefood diet, see forksoverknives.com they have many stories about people getting off medication for blood pressure, as well as other articles, recipes and tips.


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