The Best Exercise for Lowering Blood Pressure
What’s the best exercise to keep your blood pressure down? The answer, according to Belgium researchers, is to engage in a little isometric resistance training. Not familiar with the term? Neither was I, until I did a little research.
Isometric resistance training involves muscular actions in which the length of your muscles doesn’t actually change. In other words, you won’t see your muscles moving or stretching. All the force you apply against your muscles is done in a static way. Your muscles are tense but they don’t actually contract like they would when you lift a heavy barbell.
Doing the plank—where you lie on the ground and then raise your body up parallel with the floor, balancing on your arms and feet—is one common isometric exercise.