Workouts and Blood Pressure – KFI AM 640
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(glass shattering) – [Melissa] I’m Melissa Gonzalo. Exercising might be a good idea, even if you do heavy lifting at work. – [Donald] Researchers in China found people who exercise in their free time more than four hours a week had a 19 percent lower risk of getting high blood pressure, compared to those doing
little or no exercise. But people who did a similar amount of physical activity at work did not lower their blood pressure. So, why no benefit at work? – [Carlos] I think stress level. I think exercising in a leisure activity, you’re in a more relaxed environment, you’re doing it for fun, you’re not really pushing
yourself to a degree, your pushing yourself to a degree, but not to an artificial degree. – [Donald] Electrophysiologist
Carlos Alves with Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks says people who do heavy lifting at work usually use the same muscles all the time, which won’t help reduce blood pressure. – [Carlos] If somebody
wants to do something to lower their blood pressure at work, they can do, for instance, air squats, those are fairly easy to do, before doing any kind of physical labor. That will get your heart rate going. – [Donald] He says blood
flow in normal exercise goes to large muscle groups, which means the heart is
working against less pressure. Donald Morrison, KFI News.