Exercising more than four hours per week in your leisure time could drop your risk of having high blood pressure by nearly 20 percent.
Even moderate leisure-time activity — one to three hours per week — reduced risk by 10 percent for those in the study.
On the other hand, job-related physical activity such as farming or industrial work wasn’t linked with lower blood pressure.
About 78 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, defined by the American Heart Association as 140 millimeters of mercury or higher for the upper number or 90 or higher for the bottom number.
The condition typically has no symptoms, so it goes undetected or untreated in many people.
Learn more about controlling your blood pressure at www.heart.org/HBP.
Dr. Wei Ma, associate professor at Shandong University School of Public Health in Jinan, China