2006-09-17 Four Short Walks a Day Ease Blood Pressure




Taking four short walks a day to lower your blood pressure may be more effective than one long walk, a new study finds.
Reporting in the September issue of the Journal of Hypertension, Indiana University researchers compared the effects of four 10-minute walks to one 40-minute walk in reducing blood pressure in 20 people with prehypertension.
Prehypertension, in which blood pressure ranges from 120-139 mm Hg over 80-89 mm Hg, is an elevated blood pressure level that will usually progress to high blood pressure. High blood pressure is associated with heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke and blindness.(Read entire article)


2006-09-11 Walk Often for Lower Blood Pressure


Several short walks throughout the day could be more beneficial than one longer exercise session, reveals a new study. This is good news for those who do not have a large chunk of time to devote to physical activity.

Researchers from Indiana University in Bloomington, In., compared the effects of continuous activity vs. accumulated physical activity on blood pressure. Diet and exercise are the only non-medicated treatments for prehypertension or elevated blood pressure. (Read entire article)