High blood pressure: The simple exercise shown to lower BP – don’t have to leave your seat

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A new study published in the National Library of Medicine has found engaging in an exercise that replicates the handshake could help to lower blood pressure. Specifically, the researchers discovered isometric handgrip home training was the most effective. Hand grips normally work by exercising the wrist, palm, and finger muscles. Isometric training is designed to exercise these muscles without lengthening or shortening the muscle.

Scientists behind the research found blood pressure readings were lowered after 20 weeks of the exercise.

During their research participants engaged in 10 handgrip exercises three times a week for eight weeks.

At the time of writing the researchers said: “The results of this study indicate that isometric handgrip exercises improve resting systolic blood pressure.”

Furthermore, the results also showed one of the body’s main arteries becoming more flexible as a result of the exercise.

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How to lower blood pressure

There are several ways someone can lower their blood pressure.

These include lifestyle changes and medication.

Lifestyle changes include:
• Cutting salt intake
• Eating a low-fat, balanced diet
• Keeping active
• Cutting down alcohol consumption
• Losing weight
• Drinking less caffeine
• Quitting smoking.

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