NEW YORK – Just playing cricket, hockey or golf could protect you from high blood pressure, a new U.S study claimed that.
According to the study, simple hand exercises could help reduce high blood pressure.
Researchers from University of Michigan found that regular isometric handgrip exercises such as those used by golfers – essentially grasping and releasing an object – can reduce blood pressure readings by as much as 10 per cent.
But it’s not the only low-tech treatment that works – resistance training such as weight lifting or circuit training, aerobic exercise, slow breathing and even transcendental meditation are also effective ways of bringing down blood pressure.
Blood pressure is what is exerted by blood on the walls of the arteries when the heart beats. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has a consistent reading of 140 over 90 or higher.
However, a reading of 120 over 80 or above suggests lifestyle changes such as losing weight, increasing exercise, reducing salt intake and alcohol should be made to lower your blood pressure.