If you’ve unexpectedly been diagnosed with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), it’s not the end of the world! High blood pressure is present when a systolic blood pressure (when your heart muscle contracts) of 130-mm Hg or above or a diastolic blood pressure (when your heart muscle relaxes) of 80-mm Hg or above is observed by your doctor. Sure, you should always take the medication the doctor prescribes for your high blood pressure. However, there are additional lifestyle changes that you can make to help bring those numbers down to a healthy level.
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Here are 10 lifestyle changes you can make to successfully control your blood pressure…
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1. Exercise Regularly
The best thing you can do for a soaring blood pressure is to get physically active for at least 30-minutes per day, most days of the week. This could include (but is not limited to) walking, running, biking, swimming, or yoga. It could also include a favorite sport or hobby. Whatever physical activity you choose, you’ll be rewarded by seeing those numbers lower within just a few weeks, which will go a long way at avoiding a full blown hypertension, such as heart attacks, strokes, and kidney disease.