Simple 5-Minute IMST Workout Has Major Health Benefits

In this time of the pandemic, it is very important to keep yourself in good shape. Even the simplest of complications like uneven blood pressure can create a serious illness in long term.

Many have different ways to reduce their blood pressure naturally by making changes in eating style, exercise, and lifestyle overall.

However, many people might not have the right idea or time to adequately workout. But researchers have found a solution to this.

A team of researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder figured out that doing a specific workout called High Resistance Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST) for 5 minutes a day can have a massive impact on high blood pressure.

This kind of training specifically focuses on muscles that control breathing and may be more effective at lowering blood pressure than medication or aerobatics. Similarly, it is found that it improves some aspects of vascular health.

This type of training was originated in the 1980s to help people suffering from severe respiratory diseases. The goal was to help strengthen their breathing muscles, by vigorously inhaling through a resistance device.

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The study was initiated with 36 older adults with high blood pressure. They were divided into two groups, one a placebo group and the other tasked to follow 30 resistance inhalations every day.

After six weeks, the group using the device had a systolic blood pressure decrease of nine points, which rounds off to be more than people who spend 30 minutes doing aerobic exercise five days a week.

The changes were noted for six weeks even after the groups stopped using the device. Also, there was a 45 percent increase in vascular endothelial function and a boost in nitric oxide that dilate the arteries.

In addition to that, they also experience benefits in oxidative stress and inflammations. So, it seems as though this new workout might prove handy in Nepal as well where people are more inclined to have high blood pressure.

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Atif Abidi
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