Exercise and Your Blood Pressure
Becoming more active can lower your systolic blood pressure (the top number) by an average of 4-9 mmHg, which is as good as some blood pressure medications. Regular exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight, makes your bones and muscles stronger, reduces the risk of falls as well as hip fractures, decreased stress levels and improves your blood sugar.

How much physical activity do you need?

Being active is easier than you think. This does not mean that you have to run a marathon, but it does mean that exercise should be something that becomes part of your normal routine.

If possible, do some kind of moderate to vigorous exercise at least 2-1⁄2 hours a week or 30 minutes, 5 times a week. Some ways to exercise are brisk walking, jogging, and fitness classes.

Adults need at least:

Two and a half hours (150 minutes) each week. It sounds like a lot of time, but it’s not. That’s about the same amount of time you might spend watching a movie. The good news is that you can spread your activity out during the week, so you don’t have to do it all at once, even in 10-minute blocks of time.

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