Muscle: Armor Against Stress

Muscle: Armor Against Stress

Wouldn't it be nice to be impervious to stress? A buff bod helps.

Your blood pressure returns to normal more quickly after a stressful event if your muscles are toned. Think of it this way: Muscles are like a defense shield for your arteries. And there are more ways to control high blood pressure.

High blood pressure -- something one out of every three people struggles with -- ups your risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney failure. Not a pretty picture. But fortunately, you can beat the odds with a few key everyday choices like:

Being firm and fit not only helps your blood pressure recover from stress better but also helps your body rid itself of sodium better -- that's another blood-pressure-friendly trick, because too much sodium can boost blood pressure.

Medically reviewed in August 2019.

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