Did you know walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your heart health? When you walk regularly, your heart becomes stronger, your blood moves through your body better, and your lungs can take in more oxygen. Exercise can also help you lose weight and lower your blood pressure.
Check with your doctor first if you have heart problems or you haven’t exercised recently, and start slow if you need to—every little bit helps! Try to get up to 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Ask friends to walk with you, or use a phone app to track your progress. Keep reading for more tips on how to start your walking routine.
If your doctor says you have high blood pressure (also called hypertension), you might wonder why that matters or how to fix it. It’s normal for your blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays high, you are at greater risk of a stroke or heart attack. Most people can’t feel high blood pressure, so it’s important to check it regularly.
The good news is that there are many ways to treat high blood pressure. Losing weight (if needed), eating less sodium, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol may be enough to get your blood pressure under control. If not, you might also need to take pills. Learn more about high blood pressure and how to treat it.