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Does Exercise Lower Blood Pressure?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Nitric Oxide Dump, demonstrated in this video and other high-intensity exercises are exercises you should do to help normalize your blood pressure by triggering production of nitric oxide in your body
  • In the U.S., an estimated 1 in 3 has high blood pressure (hypertension); another 1 in 3 have prehypertension, A blood pressure reading of 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) is considered healthy
  • Inactivity and blood pressure are closely related. Inactive individuals have a 30 to 50 percent greater risk for high blood pressure than their active counterparts
  • The key to affect your blood pressure is to do aerobic activity that raises your heart rate, making your heart beat faster and increase blood flow. Strength training has also been shown to lower blood pressure
  • Research suggests improving your handgrip strength may be most effective of all, even more effective than conventional endurance and strength training programs

In the U.S., an estimated 1 in 3 has high blood pressure (hypertension); another 1 in 3 has prehypertension. A blood pressure reading of 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) is considered healthy.

High blood pressure is typically considered anything over 140/90 mmHg, although updated guidelines from the American Heart Association now have 130/80 mmHg as the cutoff for a diagnosis of hypertension. Elevated systolic pressure (the top or high number) is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke and dementia.


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