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Could Personal Trainers be the solution to high blood pressure?

As we see fitness becoming a part of daily life for many people, we are also seeing a growing number of problems when it comes to specific areas of fitness. As this has happened, we have seen the fitness industry turn to Personal Trainers and Gym Instructors to assist in combatting these growing problems, and a new study has furthered the need for dedicated Personal Trainers to get involved.

A study that has been carried out by the British Journal of Sports Medicine has focused on combatting high blood pressure with fitness. Many people who suffer from high blood pressure are more times than not put on prescribed drugs from their GP, but the study has shined a new light on how we could deal with the problem.

The study has shown that exercise may be as effective as prescribed drugs for lowering high blood pressure. Although the study shows positive signs, the Authors of the study stated that their conclusions are not completely drawn yet, as the study was the first of it’s kind, and no “head-to-head clinical trials have been carried out,”.

Experts have said that exercise has shown to lower amount of pressure in the arteries when the heart is beating, but this is where the study needs to go further, as they need to directly compare the effects of both exercise and prescription drugs on lowering blood pressure.

From the early conclusions, the British Journal of Sports Medicine looked to further their findings. From looking at their own current research, and historical research into the effects of blood pressure lowering drugs, the researchers were able to further their studies and create a more reliable conclusion.

When extending the study, they analysed how effective structured and dynamic exercise is compared to prescription drugs. Following the study, experts were shocked to see structured exercise almost exactly match the effects of prescription drugs for lowering blood pressure.

Although this is positive, lead author Dr Huseyin Naci at the London School of Economics and Political Science said; “We don’t think, on the basis of our study, that patients should stop taking their antihypertensive medications, but we hope that our findings will inform evidence-based discussions between clinicians and their patients.”

From what Dr Naci has said, there is still slight scepticism around solely prescribing exercise to patients with a high blood pressure, as he went on to say; “It’s one thing to recommend that physicians start prescribing exercise to their patients, but we also need to be cognisant of the resource implications and ensure that the patients that have been referred to exercise interventions can adhere to them and so really derive benefit.”

Overall, this study opens up huge opportunities for Personal Trainers to further their involvement with the community, as it gives them a point in the right direction if they are looking to make an impact in a vital area of health and fitness.

As the industry continues to grow, there will undoubtedly be more research done into fitness and using it to help fight other growing health problems. Down to this, there has never been a better time for Personal Trainers and fitness professionals to add industry-recognised qualifications to their CV, as this makes sure that they will be able to get involved and make a difference in highly demanded areas of fitness.


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