Exercise Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure: New Study Reveals the Power of Physical Activity and Resistance TrainingUpdate 23.03.2023
27 Jan 2023
Exercise Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure: New Study Reveals the Power of Physical Activity and Resistance Training
Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Resistance Training Linked to Reduced Hypertension Risk
The Korea National Institute of Health recently published a study in the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine that found appropriate leisure time physical activity and resistance training can
lower the risk of developing hypertension. The study followed participants for more than 12 years and showed that engaging in moderate intensity aerobic physical activity of 150 minutes or more per week recommended by the WHO reduced the incidence of hypertension by 31% in men and 35% in women.
The study also found that resistance training further reduced the risk of developing hypertension in women who engaged in aerobic physical activity. The research team stated that they expect this result to be used as evidence for preventing hypertension.
The first author, Dr. Park explained that they will conduct follow up studies that consider the intensity of resistance training to reveal the optimal frequency, intensity, type, and training period that can effectively prevent high blood pressure according to gender. These findings highlight the importance of regular physical activity and resistance training in reducing the risk of developing hypertension and improving cardiovascular health.
* Author: Jae Ho Park, Nam-Kyoo Lim and Hyun-Young Park*
* Title: Association of leisure time physical activity and resistance training with risk of incident hypertension: The Ansan and Ansung study of the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study (KoGES)
* Journal: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
* Published date: 2023 Jan 27
* DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2023.1068852
This research was supported by the Korea National Institute of Health, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (Grant No. 2021-NI-015-01).
About Jae Ho Park, Ph.D.
Jae Ho Park is a Post-Doctoral Researcher of Division of Population Health Research, Department of Precision Medicine, Korea National Institute of Health, Korea. His research primarily focuses on understanding the role of physical activity, exercise, and physical fitness on non communicable diseases. To date, he has 21 scientific publications to his name.
About Hyun-Young Park, M.D., Ph.D.
Hyun-young Park is a Director General of Department of Precision Medicine, Korea National Institute of Health, Korea. Her research primarily focuses on precision medicine, genetics, women’s health, and cardiovascular diseases. She has more than 200 scientific publications.
About National Institute of Health in Korea
The Korea National Institute of Health (KNIH), one of the major operating components of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, leads the nation’s medical research. Over the past seven decades, the KNIH has made unwavering efforts to enhance the public’s health and innovate biomedical research. The KNIH seeks to eradicate diseases and make people healthier. The KNIH establishes a scientific basis and evidence underlying health policy as well as provides national research infrastructures. We also promote public health research. To this end, we make efforts to enrich a health research environment by granting funds to research projects and keeping our resources, data, and facilities more open and accessible to researchers.