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.

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