People who suffer from high blood pressure may try to practice 30 minutes each morning. It turns out that physical activity lowers blood pressure and reflects well on overweight people aged between 55 and 80 years, according to the results of a study quoted by UPI.
When this routine morning physical activity adds frequent interruptions to sitting in the daytime, women gain more health benefits.
“We conducted the study because some previous studies have shown that physical activity can significantly lower blood pressure, and others – that prolonged sitting can increase it for one day,” said team leader Michael Wheeler of the Baker Institute for Heart Disease and Diabetes Melbourne.
Morning walk has a particularly strong effect on lowering systolic blood pressure. For people over 50, it can predict the risk of heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease.
“We wanted to find out if the effect of physical activity on lowering blood pressure could be reduced by a subsequent period of long sitting or increased by frequent seizures,” said the scientist.
It has been found that combining physical activity with frequent seizures of daytime reduces systolic blood pressure in the same way as with drugs.
The reduction is particularly pronounced in women. Scientists are not aware of why women benefit more from physical activity.
“While to understand the impact of one or other behavior, it is good to look at them individually, the logical next step is to study the combined effect of these behaviors,” says Wheeler. The results of the study are published in Hypertension.