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Saturday, 31 March 2012 08:22

Swimming may help to lower Blood pressure in older Adults

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Swimming improves vascular function, BP in older adults- study

swimmingimprSwimming exercise is associated with a decrease in blood pressure and improvements in vascular function in older adults with early hypertension, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology. Swimming is an excellent aerobic exercise and regular swimming helps to remain active and stay away various health disorders. The study was conducted by researchers from University of Texas at Austin to know the effect of regular swimming sessions on arterial BP and vascular functions.

The lead researchers Nantinee Nualnim, Ph.D  and his associates randomly assigned 43 adults more than age of 50 years with prehypertension or stage 1 hypertension but not on medication to 12 weeks of swimming or an attention time control group.

The researchers observed a significant decrease in casual systolic BP in the swimming group, from 131 to 122 mm Hg. Ambulatory and central BP measurements also showed a significant decrease in systolic BP.
There was a significant (21 percent) increase in carotid artery compliance in the swimming group as well as significant improvements in flow-mediated dilation and cardiovagal baroreflex sensitivity. The control group that performed gentle relaxation exercises did not experience any significant changes in any measurements.

"Swimming exercise elicits hypotensive effects and improvements in vascular function in previously sedentary older adults," the authors write.

Swimming and its benefits for seniors

  • Low impact -There's no ground impact when you swim, and so you protect the joints from stress and strain. 
  • Can be continued for a lifetime- Because there's no impact with swimming, it can be continued for a lifetime, more over swimming
  • Builds cardio respiratory fitness
  • Improves flexibility
  • Gives better physical appearance due to muscle toning and improved posture
  • Strengthens muscles and eases the muscle tension
  • Improves balance especially in elderly
  • Burns calories and help to control weight
  • Great stress buster
  • Reduces risk of osteoporosis

At last, in hot summer, swimming is the best way to get relax whether its s at the beach or in the pool. It's relaxing, the movements are smooth and rhythmic, and it's a great workout.

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  • Comment Link Monisha Saturday, 31 March 2012 08:59 posted by Monisha

    Wow! Great benefits! Good to know

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