Lowering Blood Pressure
New studies conducted at the National Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, demonstrate that aerobic exercise alone (without special dietary or lifestyle changes) can lower high blood pressure. These studies are the first to show that exercise alone lowers blood pressure.
The biggest drop took place in those subjects who had mildly high blood pressure. However, the National Institute for Aerobics Research recommends that the first-line defense for hypertension be weight loss, cessation of smoking, salt reduction, medication and exercise. Exercise also allows smaller drug doses for those who need to take hypertension medication.