More Evidence That Exercise Can Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) — Exercising during your leisure time could help prevent high blood pressure, but being physically active at work doesn’t seem to provide the same benefit, according to a new review.

Researchers analyzed the findings of 13 studies that examined the effects of physical activity on blood pressure. The studies included a total of nearly 137,000 people in the United States, Europe and East Asia who initially had healthy blood pressure. During follow-up periods ranging from two to 45 years, more than 15,600 of the participants developed high blood pressure.

Compared to people who exercised less than one hour a week during their leisure time, the risk of developing high blood pressure was 11 percent lower among those who exercised one to three hours per week, and 19 percent lower among those who did more than four hours of recreational exercise a week, according to the…

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