User's Manual: Your Heart

Tricks to Lower Blood Pressure

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Get moving

At least 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day—like biking, walking, or using a treadmill—helps strengthen your heart, making it work more efficiently, which means less pressure on your arteries. Plus, exercise is crucial for another reason: It helps you watch your weight, a key to blood pressure control. University of South Carolina researchers found that even tiny increases in body mass index (BMI) lead to big jumps in hypertension risks.

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