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4. Be Active

A fit heart doesn’t have to pump as hard to push blood (it’s a muscle, after all)—and that translates to less pressure on your arteries. You don’t have to become a marathoner, though, to reap these cardiovascular rewards: at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, such as brisk walking five days a week, has been shown to lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 6 and 3.4 points, respectively. Here are some tips to get more activity in, even when you’re busy.

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