Soccer Heads Off High Blood Pressure

If you’ve got high blood pressure, a study in Europe suggests a unique prescription: Play soccer a couple of times a week.

The researchers found that when men with hypertension played soccer twice a week for about an hour each time, their blood pressure generally normalized, their stroke risk decreased and their physical fitness vastly improved. A previous study found a similar benefit in women.

“The soccer training also boosted the aerobic fitness and resulted in marked improvements in both maximal and moderate exercise capacity,” says lead researcher Professor Peter Krustup. “Playing football [soccer] made it easier for previously untrained men to train even harder, and also make it easier for them to cope with everyday life activities such as cycling, walking upstairs, shopping and lawn mowing.”


Bryan Nash

By Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.