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Being more physically active and combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy weight and reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure. Regular exercise will make your heart more efficient, help lower your cholesterol level and keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.

If you have hypertension, exercise can help to manage and lower your blood pressure.

Changing other lifestyles can also help lower your blood pressure:

  • Stop smoking
  • Be a healthy weight
  • Eat healthy
  • Cut down on alcohol
  • Avoid too much salt in foods
  • Reduce stress

Fact Zone

The potential benefits of physical activity to health are huge. If a medication existed which had a similar effect, it would be regarded as a wonder drug" or "miracle cure". - Sir Liam Donaldson, Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, 2009
All adults should aim to do at least 150 minutes of aerobic moderate intensity activity (i.e. cycling or fast walking) every week. You can achieve this by breaking activity up into bouts of 10 minutes or more, making it easier to fit into your daily activities.