Exercising in warm water can overcome hypertension
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a problem experienced by many of today’s society. One method used to overcome this is to control food intake. However, recently researchers discovered the latest radical way to treat hypertension.
The method is called hot aquarobics. In this method hypertensive patients are asked to exercise in warm water. This new method is indeed unusual, but the researchers claim that hot aquarobics can help lower blood pressure, even for those that are resistant to drugs.
This discovery comes from a study conducted by observing patients with hypertension when they tried three methods of healing. Participants were asked to try out three different medications and exercise in warm water (32 degrees Celsius) for three times a week.
Researchers found that blood pressure that can not be dropped when the participants were taking medication were proved to drop dramatically when participants tried exercising in warm water, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Researchers believe that the temperature of the warm water is the key of this healing method. Because earlier they also conducted a study of patients who were asked to exercise in water with a temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and was not so much an effect on hypertension experienced.
Hypertension is not a disease that can be underestimated because it can also lead to other dangerous diseases such as heart disease and stroke. For some patients, maintaining a diet and exercise may be enough to control blood pressure. But there are also patients who have to rely on drugs to control their hypertension . For such patients, hot aquarobics could be an option.
This is done by warming up for five minutes, followed by mild exercise in the water for 20 minutes. Then, participants walks in a pool of warm water for 30 minutes. The last five minutes is used for cooling down.
This method is known to lower blood pressure by 36 mmHg /12 mmHg within 12 weeks. While the decline 5mm Hg / 2 mmHg alone can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by 14 percent. These results also persisted for three days after the exercise.
Researchers believe that warm water can help dilate blood vessels thus increasing blood flow throughout the body. Unfortunately, such methods have not been used officially in hypertensive patients.