Published February 27, 2019
A new study published in the journal , Hypertension, has revealed that a 30 – minute walk in the morning could be as effective as medication at lowering blood pressure .
Researchers at the University of Western Australia found that 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill in the morning improved participants’ blood pressure readings for the rest of the day. They also said that for some individuals , the morning walk could replace the need for medication.
According to news – medical.net, the Blood Pressure United Kingdom said about one -third of adults that have high blood pressure in Britain , which is about 12 million people , take medication for the condition.
For the study , the Lead Author , Prof . Michael Wheeler and colleagues assessed 67 overweight and obese men and women , aged 55 to 80 , who engaged in three different eight hours daily routines .
The first routine involved sitting continuously for eight hours . The second involved sitting for an hour before walking for 30 minutes at moderate intensity on a treadmill, followed by sitting for a further 6 .5 hours . While the third routine involved sitting for one hour before a 30 – minute treadmill walk and then sitting for 6 . 5 hours , with interruptions every 30 minutes.
The results showed that blood pressure was significantly lower when participants engaged in the routines that involved walking , compared with the sitting – only routine .
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