The results of the study suggest that a five-minute breathing exercise can lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. The participants of the study had higher blood pressure than the control group, but were otherwise healthy. However, it’s possible that breathing exercises are part of a “something special” that helps lower blood pressure. The study included 36 participants with blood pressure levels above the norm, and showed that the exercise reduced systolic blood pressure.
In addition to lowering blood pressure, the exercises also improve cardiovascular health. About 65 percent of U.S. adults over age 50 have blood pressure that is higher than the normal range. These individuals are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a heart attack. Therefore, breathing exercises may be a good alternative to exercise and blood pressure medication. They may even lower their risk of cardiovascular disease. Whether you’re a senior citizen or a high-risk athlete, the benefits of a breathing exercise are limitless.
In addition to lowering blood pressure, IMST improves vascular endothelial function. It’s possible to reduce blood pressure by practicing IMST for five minutes per day. The results of this study are comparable to those of exercise programs using more conventional methods, and they’re likely to stick for at least six weeks. Compared to other types of exercise, the IMST is much more convenient and may provide longer lasting benefits.