Being active is extremely good for our health and wellbeing, and is promoted by the British Heart Foundation. There is a strong base of scientific evidence pointing towards a positive dose-response relationship between physical activity and hypertension. This essentially means that the more activity you can manage, the more you are doing for your hypertension.
Increasing your level of regular physical activity is a key cornerstone of any lifestyle therapy aimed at preventing or treating hypertension. The primary benefit of physical activity for hypertension is a reduction in blood pressure. Blood pressure is usually presented as two numbers – systolic pressure, which is the top number, and diastolic which is the bottom number. Systolic blood pressure is measured as the heart beats, pumping blood around the body. Diastolic blood pressure is measured as the heart is relaxing between each beat. Every 10mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure reduces the risk of major cardiovascular event by 20%, coronary heart disease by 17%, stroke by 27%, heart failure by 28% and all-cause mortality by 13%.