Get a Grip to Lower Blood Pressure

Get a Grip to Lower Blood Pressure

Simple hand exercises could help reduce high blood pressure, according to a study published recently in the journal Hypertension.

While there is no singular replacement for lifestyle changes such as losing weight, increasing exercise and reducing alcohol intake, scientists from the American Heart Association reviewed over 1000 studies and found that ‘regular isometric handgrip’ exercises — essentially grasping and releasing an object — can reduce blood pressure readings by as much as 10 per cent.

Other non-medical interventions that also lower blood pressure include weight-lifting, circuit training, aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling, slow breathing and meditation.