Short bursts help blood pressure

15 Nov

Short bursts help blood pressure

If you have mildly elevated blood pressure (prehypertension), breaking up your exercise workouts into shorter sessions throughout the day may be even more beneficial than one long session.

In a small recent study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, young people with prehypertension walked briskly three times a day (four hours apart) for 10 minutes; the next day they walked briskly once for 30 minutes; their blood pressure was monitored continuously.

The divided (“fractionalized”) schedule produced lower 24-hour readings, as well as fewer daily spikes in blood pressure.

Previous research has also found that short, cumulative workouts can help control weight, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar, as well as build bone and have other benefits. In addition, some people are more likely to stick to such a regime.

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