According to an article in the August 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping, it doesn't get easier than this tip. You can reduce blood pressure simply by sitting on a couch and squeezing a ball, a new search review has found. What's more, these "workout" sessions will move your numbers even more than walking, lifting weights, or other sweat-inducing activities.
In the studies, people who squeezed a ball or hand grip for two minutes at a stretch and resting, then repeating four times in a 10 minute session. This can cut the systolic pressure (the top number) about 10 points and their diastolic, about seven. To try it, choose a firm ball, like a new tennis ball; do it three times a week, and check for results in about six weeks. And keep at it: In the studies, pressures crept back up a few weeks after people stopped.