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A recent study, featured in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has shed light on the best exercises for reducing blood pressure. The research, which analysed data from nearly 16,000 individuals across 270 studies, suggested that ‘wall-sits’ are the top activity for those aiming to lower their blood pressure.

While various exercises such as cardio, resistance training, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) were recognized as beneficial for blood pressure reduction, isometric exercises like wall sits showed the most significant impact. The study, led by academics from Canterbury Christ Church University, focused on systolic blood pressure, which measures the force exerted by the heart as it pumps blood through the body.

The findings demonstrated that while cardio exercises led to a notable reduction in resting blood pressure, isometric exercises like wall sits yielded the most substantial benefits. The report stated, “Aerobic exercise training, dynamic resistance training, combined training, high-intensity interval training, and isometric exercise training are all significantly effective in reducing resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Overall, isometric exercise training is the most effective mode in reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.”

These significant findings provide a data-driven framework to support the development of new exercise guidelines aimed at preventing and treating arterial hypertension.

To perform a wall sit, follow these steps:

Place your feet firmly on the ground, shoulder-width apart, and approximately two feet away from the wall.

Slide your back down the wall while engaging your core and bending your legs until they form a 90-degree angle.

Maintain this position for 30-60 seconds before releasing.

Incorporating wall-sits and other recommended exercises into your fitness routine can be a proactive approach to improving blood pressure levels and overall cardiovascular health.

Stay healthy and active!

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