High Blood Pressure? 5 Key Ways to Bring It Down

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"Physical activity is critical to maintenance of weight loss and maintenance of weight," Sacco says. "By exercising as little as 30 minutes each day, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke." But aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week—including brisk walking, ballroom dancing, or gardening—or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity, such as jogging, aerobic dancing, or jumping rope.

[Read 10 Excuses for Not Exercising, and Why They Won't Fly.]

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