NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Exercising for 30 minutes a day may be as beneficial as medication in a high-altitude treatment, according to a recent study .
The researchers studied 67 adults between the ages of 55-80 years and studied the effect of the exercise of half an hour of walking a day on blood pressure, while sitting there every day at an average of 8 hours.
The study did not compare directly between the effect of walking and the effect of antihypertensive drugs, but compared blood pressure measurements, and the previous evidence on the effectiveness of blood pressure medicines.
According to the researchers, the observed drop in blood pressure after exercise was so good that it could be compared with taking one medication to lower blood pressure.
Women seemed to benefit more from walking exercises, which consisted of walking for half an hour in the morning, as well as taking multiple breaks during the day that the participant walked quickly for 3 minutes.
One of the shortcomings of this study is that researchers have observed the effect of walking in one day, so the long-term effects may not be quite clear, and further studies are required to be explored.
However, this study adds additional evidence to the evidence available on the relationship between walking and controlling blood pressure.
It is important to note that the results of this study do not mean to stop taking blood pressure medicines and just walk instead, but always prefer to participate between both procedures, and the amendment or stop the use of blood pressure drugs should be done only under the supervision of a doctor.
The study was conducted by researchers from universities in East Australia, Melbourne and Hong Kong, and published in the journal Hypertension .
Source: British National Health Service ( NHS)