Guest Post for Controlling Hypertension
Posted on April 13, 2013 by Christian Goodman
Finding the best exercise to lower blood pressure, according to many Western physicians, might seem to be a moving target, especially when there are so many exercise plans hitting the consumer stream these days.
According to a new study published by the American Heart Association, one type of exercise has been found to be the most effective at lowering blood pressure, and it’s one of the easiest too.
A massive analysis of more than 90 trials was published by the American Heart Association, in which researchers were vetting the most effective exercises.
Their findings were in part predictable- such as the fact that ANY exercise is better than no exercise in lowering blood pressure, both for people with hypertension and even in those without.
Three Types of BP-Lowering Exercise
But other findings were not as predictable. The three types of exercises that were compared showed interesting results.
Researchers looked at the effects of isometric exertion, dynamic aerobic, and dynamic resistance training on blood pressure levels.
Isometric exertion exercises involve exerting force on a non-moving object. An example would be gripping exercises typically done in therapies after a stroke.
Dynamic Aerobic &Dynamic Resistance
Dynamic aerobic exercises are those that get the heart rate elevated such as running; weightlifting or pull-ups are examples of dynamic resistance exercises.
Researchers found with the latter two that as the intensity increased, the effectiveness at lowering blood pressure also increased.
However, the isometric exertion exercises were actually the most effective overall in lowering blood pressure across all age and race groups, and for both men and women.
It might seem counter-intuitive that sitting in a chair squeezing something would be more effective at lowering blood pressure than pumping iron or swimming every day, but in reality the study highlights what natural health professionals have been saying for years- relaxation and elimination of stress are key to lowering blood pressure. And isometric exercise helps to achieve this!
Getting blood pressure lowered to normal, safe levels doesn’t have to be hard. And understanding that any exercise is better than none leads to the conclusion that every person of every mobility level has the potential to lower his or her blood pressure naturally with the proper guidance.
The blood pressure exercises I discovered years ago that have helped thousands of people to bring their blood pressure down to a healthy level, are based somewhat on the same philosophy as the isometric exertion exercises in the study.
Our blood pressure exercises, however, are even more powerful because many people manage to bring their blood pressure down to 120/80 the very first day.