Six Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure
Lose weight; losing as little as seven pounds can lower blood pressure.
Exercise regularly; exercising for 30 - 45 minutes three to five times a week can reduce blood pressure.
Quit smoking; smoking narrows your blood vessels.
Limit salt in your diet; too much salt raises blood pressure and interferes with some antihypertensive medications.
Eat a low-fat diet; doing so will help you lose weight, which will help lower your blood pressure.
Avoid drinking alcohol. However, if you choose to drink alcohol do so moderately - no more than two drinks per day for men, one drink per day for women. Alcohol stresses the heart.
Submitted by Chris Hess who teaches PE at Willow Springs Elementary in Killeen, TX. These were adpated from Vitality Wellness magazine. Chris is the Mangaging Editor of PE Central's Wellness Tips of the Week. Thanks for contributing to PE Central!