Study Shows Swimming Improves Vascular Function

By Kendra Kozen | February 2012, Aquatics International Online

New research shows that regular swimming exercise can improve vascular health and lower blood pressure.

A research team led by Dr. Nantinee Nualnim of the University of Texas, Austin's Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory looked at 43 adults over age 50 with either prehypertension, or stage 1 hypertension but not on any medication. The participants were randomly assigned to either perform 12 weeks of swimming exercises or 12 weeks of relaxation exercises.