Playing football could help women between 35-50 years of age lower their blood pressure levels.
According to the study, women within this age group with mild high blood pressure achieve a significant reduction in blood pressure and body fat percentage through playing recreational football for 15 weeks.
Researcher Magni Mohr said that after 15 weeks of participation in recreational football, systolic and diastolic blood pressure had fallen by 12 and 6 millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and the women had lost 2.3 kg of fat on average.
Mohr added that the football training produced an impressive reduction in blood pressure that was more than twice as big as with swimming performed over the same period as the football.
The study was published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.