A simple change in your daily routine could reduce your blood pressure

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Trying to get your blood pressure down?
New research reveals that living an even slightly less sedentary lifestyle could do wonders for your health.
Americans spend nearly one-third of their day sitting — a statistic said to be closely linked to adverse health outcomes.
This new study, however, has found another way to reduce risk — shave just 30 minutes off your daily sitting time.
The control group attended 10 sessions with a health coach to set goals for healthier living that excluded exercise or sedentary habits.
On average, the intervention group reduced the daily time spent sedentary by about 32 minutes, while the control group did not experience any changes to the amount of sitting.
The researchers attributed the notable difference in blood pressure to recruiting “participants at high risk of hypertension and aimed to reduce sitting time as well as decrease prolonged sitting,” the study authors wrote.
They suggested that, in populations with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and related health outcomes, “small changes in sitting patterns were sufficient for improving” their blood pressure.

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If you’re trying to lower your blood pressure, experts suggest sitting a little bit less each day to see some unexpected benefits.

According to recent research, even a small reduction in sedentary behavior can have a positive impact on your health.

Nearly one-third of American days are spent sitting, a fact that is strongly associated with unfavorable health outcomes.

While some studies find that “mini movements” made throughout the day can counteract the negative effects of sitting all day, others suggest that as little as 22 minutes of exercise each day may be sufficient to counteract the negative effects of prolonged sitting.

Reduce your daily sitting time by just 30 minutes, according to this new study, and you can lower your risk.

A study conducted last month and published in JAMA Open Network, it involved 283 older adults, ages 60 to 89, who were split into two groups: the intervention group and the control group.

The control group met for ten sessions with a health coach to create healthier living objectives that did not include physical activity or inactive lifestyle choices.

The intervention group, on the other hand, received care in accordance with the I-STAND methodology. They were given a standing desk and a fitness tracker that alerted them to take breaks during extended sitting, attended ten sessions of health coaching, and set goals to minimize sitting.

During the six months of observation, the research team discovered that the sitting intervention methods were “effective at reducing sitting time by more than a half-hour per day” and increased standing time.

The control group saw no changes in the amount of time spent sitting, whereas the intervention group saw an average reduction of about 32 minutes per day spent sedentary.

Even though the intervention group’s blood pressure dropped, a secondary outcome of the study that suggested even minor habit changes could improve cardiovascular health, the researchers’ goals of reducing sitting by two hours per day were not met by the results.

The study authors noted that the researchers recruited “participants at high risk of hypertension and aimed to reduce sitting time as well as prolonged sitting,” which they said was the reason for the significant difference in blood pressure.

According to their suggestion, “small changes in sitting patterns were sufficient for improving” blood pressure in populations at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and related health outcomes.

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