Cardiologists Reveal Best Exercise for Blood Pressure—And It’s Not Cardio

Cardiologists have revealed the best exercise for lowering blood pressure, and surprisingly, it’s not cardio.

A United Kingdom-based study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine assessed the findings of trials involving 15, 827 people. It reported that strength exercises, such as wall squats and planks, actually reduced blood pressure more than other forms of exercise currently recommended under cardiology guidelines.

High blood pressure occurs when blood is pushing too forcefully against the arteries. It can sometimes have no symptoms, but if it is severe enough it can be very dangerous because it increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the CDC.

Those with high blood pressure may also experience chest pain or angina. Over time, high blood pressure can damage the arteries because the pressure makes them less elastic, reducing the flow of blood to the heart.

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