Lower Blood Pressure & Cholesterol with 22 Minutes of Daily Physical Activity

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Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol can be achieved in mere minutes if you just get more active!

According to the American Heart Association, those dealing with mild to moderate high blood pressure and high cholesterol can possibly lower their levels with exercise and increased activity.

Dr. Bethany Barone Gibbs notes the change in your activity does not need to be intense cardio in order to be beneficial to your health and says being active can train the body to remove harmful substances from the body's bloodstream and also improve how the blood vessels function.

"Though planned exercise is great, just getting more active in your everyday life -- like taking the stairs and picking up the pace while you walk the dog -- can also give you the same benefits," she tells CNN Health.

The suggested amount of exercise is 150 minutes of activity each week, which translates into 21.4 minutes of daily exercise or 30 minutes 5 times a week.

But how can you be sure your level of exercise is enough? The AHA says your heart rate and breathing frequency should be raised during the activity.

The American Heart Association's new guidelines also encourage people with mild to moderate high blood pressure and high cholesterol to quit smoking, cut down on the amount of alcohol they drink, and to eat more whole and unprocessed foods that are high in protein and include as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible.

If you need some fitness inspiration (and who doesn't!?) The Doctors have you covered!

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As always, consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise, fitness, or workout routine.

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