“Stretching Versus Walking From Reducing Blood Pressure”
High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Traditionally, one of the ways to treat or prevent high blood pressure is to prescribe aerobic exercise training (i.e.brisk walking). Previous studies have shown that stretching is also very effective for reducing blood pressure. This is an exciting possibility because if stretching is more effective, it would change the way exercise is prescribed to people with elevated blood pressure. This study will now assess 20 individuals in a supervised stretching or walking program five days per week for 8 weeks to determine for certain whether stretching is superior for reducing blood pressure. This research will contribute to recommendations about the most effective exercise programs for reducing blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease.
Stretching (30 minutes, 5 days per week, 8 weeks)
Walking (30 minutes, 5 days per week, 8 weeks)
Comparison of Stretching and Walking as Exercise Modalities for Reducing Blood Pressure