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High blood pressure and being active
Maybe your workday is full. Or you’re busy with daily family activities. Just thinking about exercise may tire you. But to manage high blood pressure, it's important to fit in some physical activity throughout your week.
It may help to remember that regular physical activity can reenergize both body and mind. Being a little more active may be easier than you think. If you can find 10 minutes here and there, you may be able to plan a few activity breaks.
Being active, along with eating healthy and taking your medicine, can help lower blood pressure. You don’t have to join a gym or work out 7 days a week. You can start with simple exercises or short periods of activity.
Small steps make a difference with being active, too. Over time, you can add to how long or how hard you exercise. This can help you fit the right amount of activity into your week. Remember to talk with your doctor before you start any regular physical activity.