If you're in despair because you can't find time to go to the gym, you should know that three or four short, brisk walks throughout the day can be more helpful to people watching their blood pressure than one continuous bout of exercise.
Researcher Janet P. Wallace says, "You might think, 'I don't have the time to go to the gym or work out for 40 minutes, but I might have the time to do 10 minutes here, 10 minutes here and another 10 minutes here.' Four 10-minute walks would be ideal."
Wallace's study compared the effect of accumulated physical activity (done in several short bursts) versus continuous physical activity on elevated blood pressure and found that both forms of exercise decreased study participants' blood pressure by the SAME amount. They should also use up the same calories, so this is good advice for dieters too.
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