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5 Ways to Manage Blood Pressure

These simple tips can have a big impact on your numbers.

Managing your blood pressure is critical to your heart’s health. Try these tips to help stay healthy.

  1. Lose extra weight
    Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Losing just 10 lbs. can help lower your blood pressure.

  2. Exercise regularly
    Working out for 30 minutes a day can help lower your blood pressure. Try walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing.

  3. Eat a healthy diet
    Choosing foods low in salt and fat can help lower blood pressure. Eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Keep a food diary to track what you eat.

  4. Limit sodium
    Read food labels and watch for hidden salt. Eat fewer processed foods, and reach for herbs and spices to give you a flavor boost.

  5. Reduce stress
    Chronic stress contributes to high blood pressure. Try to identify your stress triggers, and modify your behavior to avoid them when possible. Also, take 20 minutes a day to relax and do something you enjoy.

If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, learn how our Hypertension Management Program can help you manage your condition.

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