Exercise OK with High Blood PressureThe study group participants were aged 55 to 75 and they worked out for an hour at a time, three times a week, at activities such as treadmill, bicycle, stepper, plus weightlifting. While blood pressure naturally rises during exercise, at the end of 6 months the group's heart functions showed no ill effects.
Exercise Produced Good Health EffectsThe study participants showed an improvement in heart measures as they gained aerobic fitness and as they lost abdominal body fat, both produced by the exercise. The group that exercised lost 20% of their abdominal body fat, while a control group that didn't exercise lost no abdominal body fat.
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