If you’re exercising to try and lower high blood pressure you might be better off stretching than going for a brisk walk. University of Saskatchewan researchers found that doing a half hour a day of “whole body” stretching exercises reduced all types of blood pressure more than doing a brisk for the same amount of time did. They note that doing both would not necessarily reduce blood pressure by more than just stretching, though it would bring other general health benefits. Study author, Dr. Phil Chilibeck says, “When you stretch your muscles, you’re also stretching all the blood vessels that feed into the muscle, including the arteries. If you reduce the stiffness in your arteries, there’s less resistance to blood flow.” The researchers stress that they don’t want to discourage people from doing aerobic activity, but note that incorporating stretching could also help lower blood pressure.