2. You make certain lifestyle choices
If you sit for most of the day, smoke, and eat salty foods, you’re practically the poster child for high blood pressure. All three of these lifestyle choices can put you at serious risk of hypertension. Each week, try to include 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, spread over several days. Even if your job is sedentary, you can take a 10-minute break for a brisk walk. Limit your dietary sodium to 2,300 mg or less a day. And for support to quit smoking, talk to your doctor or call a toll-free helpline.