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Exercising This Much as a Teenager Lowers Blood Pressure: Study

In a small, first-of-its-kind study, researchers found that teenage boys who engaged in high-intensity exercise had lower blood pressure lasting up to an hour after completing their workouts. One downside of the study was that it only included boys and didn’t measure blood pressure beyond one hour, Newsweek pointed out.

Even though the parameters of this study prevent it from studying outcomes for both genders in the long term, many other studies have shown that exercise in adolescence has long-term benefits. For example, one previous study found that women with a history of exercising 1.3 hours per week during their teen years had a 16 percent lower risk of dying from cancer and 15 percent lower all-cause mortality risk.

Other studies have shown that early exercise can pay off later as a preventive medicine in the fight against dementia and cardiovascular disease, as well. What’s most interesting is that the latest study affirmed the benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), even at a young age. The fun things about HIIT are that it doesn’t take much time; anyone can do it no matter what your age; and it’s never too late to start.

My favorite HIIT is the Nitric Oxide Dump, which make a change in your metabolism and muscle capacity so you can strengthen and maintain lean muscle while burning calories even when you’re sitting still. Another cool thing about it is that you can do it no matter where you go — I even do it at the airport as I'm waiting for my luggage. You may look a little odd, but remember, it's an extremely effective workout and totally free.

The bottom line is while focusing on the immediate benefits of exercise is typically more motivating than the potential long-term benefits, there’s no doubt that staying active throughout life can pay dividends far into the future.
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