Having high blood pressure is no laughing matter. If you’ve experienced it once before, you know that it feels like you’re already dying. In fact, if you chronically suffer from that condition, you’re surely going to damage your innards so much that it could lead to further complications.
One of the things that get affected when you have consistently high blood pressure is a weakened heart. If your heart is weak, your blood circulation tends to suffer and it becomes increasingly hard for you to last longer in bed, for example.
Most people would have to take prescription medications in order for them to lower their blood pressure to normal levels. However, a new study reveals that a sweaty workout can provide the same benefit.
A group of researchers pooled data from 194 clinical trials and they focused mostly on medications that would help lower the systolic blood pressure (the topmost rating in a reading) and they’ve also added some data where exercise was used as a means to strengthen the heart and lower blood pressure.
After looking at all of the data and crunching the numbers, it turned out that taking antihypertensive medications could really lower a person’s blood pressure than just rigorous exercise.
So, what the researchers did was they narrowed their focus and instead of using people of various blood pressure levels- they limited their scope to people with naturally high blood pressure.
The findings were remarkable in that exercise can actually help lower high blood pressure the same way it does when taking antihypertensive medications.
Exercise, as you can tell, was actually been purported to help you live longer and it certainly gives a lot of health benefits as well- one of which is helping you control your blood pressure levels.
Even though the results are quite promising, Huseyin Naci, PhD, an associate professor of Health Policy, still suggests that you only add exercise into your daily routine and not ditch your medications completely.
The reason is quite simple: the study has its limitations- one of which is that all of the studies’ data that were gathered mainly focused on both exercise and taking antihypertensive medications. The study didn’t take into account exercise as a sole determinant of lowering blood pressure levels.
However, Naci points out that the study does present some compelling evidence as to the effects of exercise, not only to help you lower your blood pressure, but also to make your body healthier overall.
If you want to be generally healthy, you want to follow a good exercise routine. I suggest that you take into account both cardio and resistance training because both of them have their own merits.
For instance, you could have a 6-day workout week where 3 days should be given to cardiovascular exercises and the other 3 days be allotted to lifting weights.
Furthermore, you should couple all of that with a well-balanced diet such as eating healthy fats, a lean source of protein, and a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables.