❑ Get going. Daily activity like gardening and cleaning can lower your BP. Your target should be the normal zone (120/80 or below).
❑ Move faster. Set aside 30 minutes a day for brisk walking, bicycling or aerobics. Break sessions into shorter segments if necessary.
❑ Don’t smoke. Yeah, we know you’ve heard this a million times. (It’s also best to limit alcohol to no more than two drinks per day.)
❑ Fill up on vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy foods.
❑ Monitor your numbers. You can check your BP quickly and easily at many drugstores.
❑ Be aware. If you’re African-American, your hypertension risk is twice that of Caucasians, so talk strategy with your doctor.