Morning exercise, short breaks from sitting lower high blood pressure
[Reuters Health, 2/22/19] Combining 30 minutes of morning exercise with short walking breaks throughout the day may help control blood pressure, an Australian study suggests.
Adding three-minute walking breaks to disrupt prolonged periods of sitting benefited older, overweight or obese women in particular, the study authors report in the journal Hypertension.
“Prolonged sitting is a common behavior in modern society with commuting, work and domestic settings that prompt us to sit,” said lead study author Michael Wheeler of Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia.
Recent studies have shown that extended sitting during the day can increase blood pressure, which is a key risk factor for heart disease.
“Older adults, in particular, can accumulate lots of sitting throughout the day, with upwards of two-thirds of their day devoted to sedentary behaviors,” he told Reuters Health by email.
Although both exercise and breaks in sitting can reduce high blood pressure, or hypertension, Wheeler and colleagues analyzed whether a combination of exercise and short breaks would offer further benefits.
They recruited 67 men and women who were between 60 and 74 years old and overweight or obese. About 4 in 10 participants also had high blood pressure. Every participant completed three different day-long tests in random order, each separated by a minimum of six days. Researchers measured heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar and other blood markers during each test condition……..
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