If your are someone who needs to keep your blood pressure in check, here are two unusual ways to help lower your numbers.
1. Volunteer! You can decrease your risk of hypertension by up to 40% by volunteering for a cause about which you feel strongly. Studies showed that older adults who volunteered in ANY type of activity for at least 200 hours per year decreased the risk of hypertension.
Why? Older adults have fewer chances for social interaction because of their life circumstances. Volunteering within the community provides them with social connections they may not otherwise have. The more connected we are to each other the healthier we stay. Who would have thought that doing good for others would be so good for your health?
2. Practice Yoga Studies showed that practicing yoga at least three times per week lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by an average of three points.
Why? No specifics were given in the study, but breath work and a focusing of the mind were some possible reasons why yoga affected blood pressure in this way.