Exercise and Healthy Blood Pressure

Posted: 28 September 2015

You may have heard in the news recently that a landmark study by NIH has indicated significant benefits to a target systolic blood pressure of 120 mm Hg, rather than the commonly recommended target of 140 mm Hg.  Initial results of the study indicated that rates of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and heart failure, as well as stroke, were reduced by almost a third and that the risk of death was reduced by almost a quarter in a group of adults 50 years and older with high blood pressure. 

Regular exercise is one of the best ways to naturally lower and control blood pressure.  The Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. 30 minutes of aerobic activity or strength training most days of the week is ideal. So find something active that you enjoy doing and a group of people to support you and get moving.