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Want to lower blood pressure without taking additional meds? There is a way.

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What is the price for relentlessly high blood pressure? It could be a stroke; it could be worse. You can take steps to lower that risk without additional medication. From this study, Twenty-four hour, ambulatory blood pressure responses following acute exercise: impact of
exercise intensity
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“An exercise bout conducted between 50-75% VO2max [maximal oxygen uptake] significantly decreases systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) in hypertensive subjects and that a greater and longer-lasting absolute reduction is evident following a 75% of maximum bout of exercise.”

Other studies have also shown that high intensity interval training (HIIT) lowers blood pressure (BP).

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A long list of cardiorespiratory fitness benefits from high intensity interval training

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From the American Heart Association Scientific Statement, Importance of Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Clinical Practice: A Case for Fitness as a Clinical Vital Sign: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association | Circulation, an excerpt:

“Cardiorespiratory fitness is a potentially stronger predictor of mortality than established risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes mellitus.”

It is important to note that muscles stimulate the cardiovascular system to make positive changes, not the other way around. When the muscles are too weak to push the cardiovascular system, cardiorespiratory fitness declines. High intensity interval training (HIIT) increases strength and promotes cardiorespiratory fitness. The benefits:

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