High Blood Pressure

Brisk walking was always considered a good way to reduce blood pressure, but now some researchers have found that regular stretching can be a better method to control hypertension. They have also found that stretching is also beneficial for those who are still at risk of developing high blood pressure.

High blood pressure else described as hypertension, is one of the primary risk factors for getting heart – and kidney problems, which can result in fatality.

Therefore it is important to keep your blood pressure within normal levels, and even more important to understand how you can prevent hypertension.

A new study from the University of Saskatchewan (Usask) has found that stretching is more effective in lowering blood pressure than the formerly believed strategy of brisk walking and physical exercise. Participants were asked to do either 30 minutes of brisk walking or 30 minutes of stretching every day for eight weeks. With all the necessary strategies in place to make it a random trial, there was a more significant improvement in the blood pressure levels of those participants that stretched for 8 weeks versus the participants that did brisk walking for 8 weeks.