Lower Blood Pressure on Your Feet

Walking is the simplest medicine in the world

Woman walking with water bottle

Woman walking with water bottle

Lucky Californians can hike along coyote tracks, up to sage in the clouds pierced by larks, and down, with their kids and dogs, morning and night, and never get enough.

If your blood pressure is too high from binging on holiday’s festivities, don’t you lay on the couch. Instead, first measure your blood pressure, write it down and go out for hiking, or at least fast walking along the concrete corridors of American cities—wherever you are, the most elaborate and fancy gym is just outside your door.

Then go back to the couch and measure your blood pressure—if you were active enough, diastolic and systolic will go down significantly. Walking is viable medicine, according to the science. Hiking is even better.

“Brisk walking can reduce the magnitude of BP rise during exercise of different intensities and may be reduced the risk of acute cardiovascular incidents in elderly patients with essential hypertension.”

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Here’s the evidence: In a study, 46 patients were assigned into two groups: control group (CON) included patients who did not participate in exercise intervention training; treatment group (TRG) included patients who participated in 12-weeks of brisk walking training (60 minutes of brisk walking, three times a week for a total of 12 weeks).

After 12 weeks of brisk walking, systolic (top number) BP of TRG during resting, low and high-intensity exercise was significantly reduced by 8.3 mmHg, 15.6 mmHg, and 22.6 mmHg, respectively; while heart rate of TRGs during resting, low and high intensity was significantly reduced by 3.6 beats/minute, 8.7 beats/minute and 11.3 beats/minute, respectively. At the same time, TRG body fat rate reduced by 2%.

Now go find some fashionable hiking boots!

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