Adopting a healthy lifestyle can have a big impact on your health, specifically your blood pressure. The Centers for Disease Control offer these healthy habits to implement:
Physical Activity: Regular planned exercise will have a positive impact on high blood pressure. Plan to engage in at least 30 minutes 5 to 6 times a week of moderate intensity exercise. Planned exercise is exercise that is done for no other reason than exercising for the sake of exercise.
This does not have to be a continuous bout of exercise and can be split during the day. For example you could walk for 15 minutes at a brisk pace before work and then walk again at a brisk pace for 15 minutes after work, for a total of 30 minutes for the day. A great way to measure “moderate intensity” is the talk/sing test. You should be exercising briskly enough that you are too short of breath to sing a song, but not so fast that you can no longer carry on a conversation.
No Smoking: We are all aware of the negative impact smoking has on our health, but for blood pressure it is especially important to not smoke. Smoking will raise your blood pressure.
Healthy Diet: Choosing lots of fruits and vegetables and foods with low sodium content can help to lower your blood pressure.
Health Weight: Maintaining a health body weight and a BMI within normal limits are important for lowering blood pressure.
If you currently have high blood pressure, adopting these habits can help lower it. If you don’t currently have high blood pressure, adopting these habits can help to prevent problems in the future.
For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/healthy_living.htm.