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Can Stretching Help Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Ellis, S. (2021, February 25). Can Stretching Help Lower Your Blood Pressure? Health Central. https://www.healthcentral.com/article/stretching-to-lower-blood-pressure

A good stretch can help alleviate everything from post-workout muscle tightness to after-work stress. And according to new research, stretching may also help keep your blood pressure in check. Researchers found that stretching had a greater impact on lowering blood pressure than walking in people with normal-to-high levels or stage 1 hypertension. Here's how.

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