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.
Just 30 mins exercise a day can help to keep your heart healthy.
Haven't done anything for a while? Then these 10-minute workouts could be a good starting point. Take a look at NHS Live Well to find out more.
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