Morning walks and taking breaks between sitting lowers blood pressure

Morning walks and taking breaks between sitting lowers blood pressure

(Picture: Getty)We all know the wonders of a good walk during a hectic day, whether a quick trip outside with your pet, a brisk walk in the morning or just a walkaround to clear your mind off things.
And now research shows that just half an hour of walking every morning may be effective in lowering your blood pressure too.
Those of us who have a sedentary work life probably feel a bit sluggish sitting in our chairs all day so using our lunch breaks for a jaunt around the area should make us feel better.
According to the authors of an Australian study published in the journal Hypertension, not only do morning walks lower blood pressure, women who regularly get up from their desks to complete a tasks may also see a large drop in their blood pressure.
In fact, researchers found that taking regular breaks away from the desk was even more effective than a half an hour walk a day as participants showed a larger drop in blood pressure.
This is important as the lower your blood pressure is, the lower your risk of stroke or heart disease.

(Picture: Getty)Researchers from the University of Western Australia experimented with 32 men and 35 women who were overweight, all with an average age of 67.
The respondents, who reported not being very physically active, were asked to spend three days in three different ways, in random order.
The control condition had them sitting uninterrupted for eight hours while another day consisted of some exercise plus sitting, so they sat for an hour, then walked on a treadmill at moderate intensity for half an hour and then continued sitting for the rest of the shift (6.5 hours).
In the last setting, they walked for 30 minutes in the morning and then after every half an hour of sitting went for a light three-minute walk.
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In both walking conditions, researchers saw a drop in blood pressure compared to the first (control) day.
But the last setting showed that walking breaks, coupled with a steady morning walk, made the systolic blood pressure (which measures the force that your heart pumps blood into the arteries) of female participants drop even further.
Authors of the study claimed it is the first of its kind to look at the effects of exercise on blood pressure.
The same team’s research from earlier in the month also found that light exercise could ensure better blood flow to the brain.
While more research is being done in the area, you might want to swap the bus for a brisk walk on your commute to work in the morning.
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