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 weight.
- People who don't exercise are more likely to develop high blood pressure than people who do exercise.
- To lower blood pressure, try to do moderate activity at least 2½ hours a week. Or try to do vigorous activity at least 1¼ hours a week.1
- 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.
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Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Current as ofSeptember 24, 2014