Physical activity reduces blood pressure, especially if you
have been inactive until now. Physical activity also helps you manage your
weight. But being active will lower your blood pressure even if you don't lose
Regular aerobic exercise can help lower
high blood pressure. Aerobic exercise includes
activities that raise your
heart rate, such as walking, bicycling, dancing,
swimming, and jogging.
People who don't exercise are more likely to
develop high blood pressure than people who do exercise.
moderate exercise at least 2½ hours a week can help
lower blood pressure. One
way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. It's
fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and
Exercise also helps you lose weight and has been proved to
reduce the risk of heart disease.
Regular exercise also lowers
your risk for
diabetes. This is important, because having diabetes
increases your risk of complications from high blood pressure.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Current as of
April 5, 2013
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 05, 2013
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