High blood pressure puts extra strain on your organs and can increase the risk of multiple potentially life-threatening health conditions including heart disease, strokes, kidney disease and vascular dementia, so adopting these changes will lower your risk and make for an all round healthier life.
Doctors recommend spending at least 150 minutes per week exercising to keep blood pressure low.
This doesn’t mean you have to run out and buy a gym membership instantly, but partaking in exercise or activities that increase your heart rate and engage multiple muscle groups will improve your overall fitness levels.
An alternative to running, jogging, swimming or cycling is actually horticulture. Being out in your garden weeding, raking and trimming for just 30-45 minutes can burn up to 300 calories.
Stress is one of the key factors that leads to spikes in blood pressure, as the body releases hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in these moments.