If you have high blood pressure, it can be hard to control it without medication. There is some new research, however, that shows certain isometric exercises (contracting muscles without movement) can help prevent and treat high blood pressure, or hypertension.

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and summarized by CNN showed that isometric exercises like wall squats and planks may be best for lowering blood pressure. Both exercises can be modified, and then progressed.

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