A recent study published in Hypertension, shows that an exercise regimen can reduce your odds of developing high blood pressure by up to 34%, even if you have a family history of the disease. Although the study subjects were not representative of all groups of people, researcher Robin Shook says, “The correlation between fitness levels, parental history, and risk are impossible to ignore.” The amount of exercise needed to achieve this are very practical, Shook notes, “…even a very realistic, moderate amount of exercise—which we define as walking for 150 minutes per week—can provide a huge health benefit…”

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