We have been talking a lot about the health benefits of walking. It seems walking exercise continues to show more beneficial impacts on health. A new study finds that a 30 minute of daily morning walk lowers blood pressure.
The researchers say that a daily morning walking routine can be as effective as a blood pressure medication. While blood pressure medication is crucial at some point, living all your life with it can be a bad thing.
Health experts say that a particular blood pressure medication can cause lung cancer. Additionally, another study found that some blood pressure medications such as alpha-blockers and alpha-2 agonists can increase the risk of death.
In general, blood pressure medications have side effects. Hence, if you depend on it entirely for controlling your blood pressure level, you will likely suffer from other side effects.
Daily Morning Walk For Controlling Blood Pressure
In this study1, researchers find that the effects of a daily morning walk are not temporary but lasting. It is not even an outdoor walking exercise but a walk on a treadmill.
Morning exercise reduces BP during a period of 8 hours in older overweight/obese adults compared with prolonged sitting. Combining exercise with regular breaks in sitting may be of more benefit for lowering BP in women than in men.https://doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.12373Hypertension. 2019;0
Indeed, it would be more beneficial to walk outdoors due to the benefit of sun exposure, which is a good source of Vitamin D.
Researchers say that short burst of walk on the treadmill and additional short walks throughout the day add up the benefits.
Walking And Other Means For Controlling Blood Pressure
During the study, the diet of all participants is similar for both men and women. Food plays a significant role in maintaining ideal blood pressure level.
For instance, the Mediterranean diet is a healthy diet in which experts agree. Additionally, a caloric restriction such as intermittent fasting has also been found beneficial for controlling blood pressure.
Perhaps, combining these along with walking exercise routine done outdoors may have better benefits. Of course, always consult your doctor before attempting to do this especially if you are taking medications.
Moreover, this study supports a considerable body of evidence showing that regular physical activity is beneficial for lowering blood pressure. Additionally, it can also reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Of course, with regular exercise, it has additional benefits for boosting the mind and body connection. In another study, walking has been found beneficial for longevity.
Indeed, a regular walking exercise routine keeps the brain younger due to its anti-aging effect. Although walking involves simple movements we’ve learned since childhood, it can save lives.
So, start your day right with a walking exercise routine. Preferably, do it outdoors with the benefit of sunlight exposure.