Be more active can benefit your health
The best way of maintaining a healthy weight – and reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure - is to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise.
That means around 30 minutes of physical exercise on five or more days a week – things like fast walking, riding a bike, mowing the lawn, hiking and much more.
Regular exercise makes your heart and blood circulatory system more efficient, lowers your cholesterol level, and keeps your blood pressure at a healthy level.
If you're doing no exercise now, start out slow. Even 10 minutes at a time may offer some health benefits. Studies show that people who have achieved even a moderate level of fitness are much less likely to die early than those with a low fitness level.
There's lots of information about building up and maintaining your fitness on the live well pages at NHS Choices.
Want some free tips?
There are lots of free fitness videos at NHS studio fitness website.
If you have a heart condition, you might be concerned about doing some physical activity, but this easy 10-minute living room workout by British Heart Foundation is ideal:
There are lots of helpful tools you can download on your smartphone to help make some changes to your lifestyle, including apps to:
- help you to get fit with the couch to 5k running plan
- achieve a healthy weight with the help of MyFitnessPal
- encourage you to build strength and flexibility
- assess your fitness