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Prev Med. 2001 Aug;33(2 Pt 1):120-7.

Walking and resting blood pressure in adults: a meta-analysis.

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  • 1Meta-Analytic Research Group, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 101 Merrimac Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA.



The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of walking on resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure in adults.


A total of 24 primary outcomes from 16 studies and 650 subjects (410 exercise, 240 control) met the criteria for inclusion: (1) randomized and nonrandomized controlled trials, (2) walking as the only intervention, (3) subjects apparently sedentary, (4) adult humans > or =18 years of age, (5) English-language studies published between January 1966 and December 1998, (6) resting blood pressure assessed, (7) training studies > or =4 weeks.


Using a random effects model, statistically significant decreases of approximately 2% were found for both resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure (systolic, mean +/- SEM = -3 +/- 1 mm Hg, 95% confidence interval: -5 to -2 mm Hg; diastolic, mean +/- SEM = -2 +/- 1 mm Hg, 95% confidence interval: -3 to -1 mm Hg).


Walking exercise programs reduce resting blood pressure in adults.

Copyright 2001 American Health Foundation and Academic Press.

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