Have high blood pressure? Walk it off! Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Health and Nutrition found that by walking just 1 hour and 15 minutes a week — equivalent to three 25 minute walks — subjects in their 205-person study group were able to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 12 points and 8 points, respectively. For those whose blood pressure is high enough to place them at disease risk, this change could be enough to get them back in the safety zone and possibly off medication.
Published June 21, 2004