High blood pressure, often known as hypertension is a common illness that can result in serious health problems if not treated effectively. While lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise can help control blood pressure, It is also critical to understand which activities can exacerbate the problem.

1. Abundant salt consumption

Diet, while not a physical activity is essential for blood pressure regulation. Excessive salt intake can cause water retention, which can raise blood pressure.

Be aware of your salt intake, especially from processed and quick foods.

2. High-intensity workout

While regular physical activity helps to manage blood pressure, excessively hard exercise might momentarily raise it to dangerous levels.

Sprinting and heavy weightlifting can induce abrupt blood pressure rises, providing a risk to persons with hypertension. Choose moderate-intensity exercises such as walking, swimming or mild jogging.

3. Stressful Activities

Stress and anxiety can temporarily raise blood pressure.

Activities that produce significant stress such as high-pressure professional activities or personal problems should be controlled using stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing exercises.

4. Consuming tobacco products

Smoking or using tobacco products can produce an acute increase in blood pressure and lead to long-term blood pressure concerns.

Quitting smoking is strongly advised for everyone but especially for people with high blood pressure.

5. Over-the-counter drugs

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, as well as other cold and flu medications can cause blood pressure to rise.

If you have high blood pressure, always see your doctor before using any medications.

6. Heavy alcohol consumption

Drinking alcohol in moderation is normally acceptable, but excessive consumption can significantly raise blood pressure over time.

It is recommended that patients with hypertension limit their alcohol consumption to no more than one drink per day for women and two for men.

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