Walking Workouts for High Blood Pressure

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You can reduce hypertension risks with brisk walking & strength workouts.
Exercise can help lower high blood pressureas much as many medications. Regular aerobic exercise such as brisk walking is recommended for people with hypertension by health authorities such as the American Heart Association.

The good news is that you can enjoy a variety of walking workouts, including short, brisk walks, and longer walking sessions to get the desired effects. Strength training, done in addition to aerobic exercise, also has benefits for people with high blood pressure.

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The Best Type of Exercise to Burn Fat


Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

A few minutes of brief, intense exercise may be as effective as much lengthier walks or other moderate workouts for incinerating body fat, according to a helpful new review of the effects of exercise on fat loss. 

The moderate-exercise routines used in the studies varied considerably, with some involving walking and others jogging, cycling or swimming. In general, the endurance-style workouts lasted for about 40 minutes.

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Exercise vs. Drugs to Treat High Blood Pressure and Reduce Fat


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The possibility of formally prescribing exercise as a treatment for various health conditions, including high blood pressure, insulin resistance, obesity, osteoarthritis and others, has been gaining traction among scientists and physicians. The American College of Sports Medicine already leads a global initiative called Exercise Is Medicine, which aims to encourage doctors to include exercise prescriptions as part of disease treatments.

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