When relaxed, the body produces more nitric oxide, which in turn helps blood vessels to open up, reducing the pressure of the blood flowing through. Adopt A Pet Research shows that pet owners have lower blood pressure (also: lower cholesterol and heart disease risk), thanks to the anxiety-reducing qualities of an animal companion. Work On Your Marriage In one 2008 study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, researchers found that happily married adults had better blood pressure than happily single and unhappily married adults. Get Moving This one’s a no-brainer, but exercise is one of the best ways to lower blood pressure. There are many ways that the simple act of moderate exercise can improve your blood pressure (and overall health). First, it helps with other risk factors for hypertension, like extra weight and stress. But exercise also improves the strength of your heart so that it can more effectively and efficiently pump blood, which lowers the pressure on the arteries.
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Exercise, weight control reduce risk of breast cancer
Kaveh Rezaei, USA TODAY Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY 10:28 a.m. EDT October 1, 2013 Genes play a role in breast cancer risk for some; lifestyle changes cut risk for many. Anne McTiernan, a cancer researcher, works out at her Seattle home with her personal trainer, Whitney Mack. (Photo: Scott Eklund for USA TODAY) Story Highlights The disease is 100 times more common among women than in men A woman’s risk of breast cancer increases as she gets older About 12% of U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer SHARE 1448 CONNECT 342 TWEET 9 COMMENTEMAILMORE Breast cancer can be a devastating disease, but most women can take active steps to reduce their risk, say some of the nation’s leading breast cancer experts. Women shouldn’t blame themselves for their illness, doctors say, noting that it’s usually impossible to pinpoint what caused an individual woman’s breast tumor. But about 25% of all breast cancer cases in women of all ages could be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight and doing regular physical activity, says internist Anne McTiernan, a researcher with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
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Swimming: The perfect exercise for all fitness levels (Video)
Water Jogging Water jogging is much easier to do than jogging on a treadmill or outside. It has no impact on your shins and legs. The bonus is this exercise will burn a bunch of calories. This exercise is great high intensity interval training ( HIIT ). To complete a HIIT exercise with water jogging, you would sprint for 30-45 seconds, then rest 30 seconds. Repeat the process 20 times to get a complete workout.
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