Hypertension or High Blood Pressure increases your risk of dangerous health conditions like heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. Lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity might lower your risk for developing hypertension. During National High Blood Pressure Education Month in May, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is challenging Americans to participate in a national pledge to #MoveWithHeart to help reduce their risk of high blood pressure. NHLBI is asking you to pledge by posting a photo or uploading a video of yourself doing being physically active and using the hashtag.
Only about 22 percent of adults meet the federal government’s physical activity guidelines. Spending just 2 1/2 hours per week doing physical activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless can have significant heart health benefits including lowering your risk of high blood pressure. Get creative by demonstrating your favorite physical activity in your pledge. Challenge your friends, family, and colleagues on social media to pledge too. Share on Twitter or Instagram using #MoveWithHeart.