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HIIT & LISS - Good for Hypertension?

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Low-Intensity Steady State (LISS) Exercise have been shown to be beneficial for individuals with hypertension. Hypertension is a common condition that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and death. But how can HIIT and LISS help decrease hypertension through physiological responses such as heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen consumption? The results of existing research studies will be presented and discussed in order to provide evidence-based recommendations for healthcare professionals looking to prescribe exercise therapy for people with hypertension.


The American Heart Association defines high intensity interval training (HIIT) as a form of exercise that alternates between periods of intense effort and active rest. During a HIIT workout, individuals perform short bursts of high intensity exercise followed by periods of rest or low-intensity exercise. Studies have found that HIIT can be beneficial for people with hypertension due to its ability to reduce resting heart rate and systolic blood pressure.

"HIIT and LISS can both reduce hypertension in individuals with high blood pressure."

Low Intensity Steady State (LISS) exercise is a form of aerobic activity that is performed at a moderate or low intensity over a longer period of time. Studies have found that LISS exercise can also be beneficial for individuals with hypertension by reducing resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure. It is important to note, however, that HIIT and LISS should not be used as a substitute for prescribed medications.


In conclusion, HIIT and LISS can both reduce hypertension in individuals with high blood pressure. However, it is important to consult with a physician before beginning any type of exercise program so that an appropriate regimen can be tailored to each individual's needs. Additionally, it is important to remember that physical activity should always be combined with healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods and quitting smoking in order to achieve optimal health.


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https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22890825/


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