October 20, 2018
Swim for Better Blood Pressure
Wellness Tip

Swim for Better Blood Pressure

by Berkeley Wellness  

Swimming is a good way to lower blood pressure, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Older people (average age 60) with prehypertension or mild hypertension who engaged in a 12-week swimming program (three or four sessions a week) lowered their systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 9 points, on average, even though they lost no weight. No significant changes were seen in diastolic blood pressure (the lower number).

The swimmers also had improved blood vessel functioning, as measured by ultrasound.

Other types of exercise can also help control blood pressure, but swimming is particularly good for older people with musculoskeletal problems because it doesn’t put stress on joints.