Isometric Exercise Helps Hypertension

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, one in every three adults has high blood pressure. A recent report suggests that isometric exercise in which joint angle and muscle length do not change during muscular contraction, can be used to reduce and manage blood pressure.

The trial’s goal was to quantify the effects of isometric resistance training on the change in systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), and mean arterial pressure in subclinical populations and to examine whether the magnitude of change in SBP and DBP was different with respect to blood pressure classification.

In analyzing the data, the researchers found improvements in all measures. They also noticed a minor reduction in resting heart rate among participants.

The data suggests that this form of training has the potential to produce significant and clinically meaningful blood pressure reductions and could serve as an adjunctive exercise modality.

Resource: OnFitness Magazine 

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