Football may reduce high blood pressure in women

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Suffering from high blood pressure? Playing football may be just as effective as tablets in lowering the condition, researchers say.Undergoing football fitness training may also help improve physical fitness, decrease body fat percentage and strenthen bones in women, said researchers from the University of Southern Denmark.

Football Fitness — a training concept developed by the Danish Football Association and Professor Peter Krustrup at the University of Southern Denmark comprises high-pulse, stamina and strength training followed by games with the focus on fun, socialising and health.

The findings showed that the women engaged in this football training derived significant positive effects on blood pressure (9 mmHg), body fat mass (3.1 kg), triglyceride (0.3 mmol/l), bone mass (70 g) and interval fitness (120 per cent better).

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