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HBP Patient Guide

Check. Change. Control. Physical activity Physical activity is great for everyone. The health benefits of being active are many, and among them are proven benefits to your heart and circulatory system. One of the best ways to manage high blood pressure is to get plenty of physical activity. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be an athlete to get the benefits of physical activity. And you don’t even have to get all your daily activity in at one session. In addition to traditional forms of exercise, healthy physical activity can include: nnParking farther away from your destination to walk a bit more nnTaking the stairs instead of the elevator nnTaking your dog out for a stroll nnWalking instead of driving To get the greatest benefits from physical activity, the American Heart Association recommends: nnAim for 3 to 4 40-minute sessions per week of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity nnGetting at least 10 minutes of physical activity per episode It’s a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before beginning a physical activity program. 10


HBP Patient Guide
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