High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than 25 per cent of all adults in the UK.
The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs.
You could lower your risk of high blood pressure by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by doing regular exercise.
But you should avoid doing weight lifting, as it could be making your hypertension symptoms worse.
Some types of exercise aren’t as helpful for high blood pressure patients, warned charity Blood Pressure UK.
Weight lifting raises blood pressure very quickly, as it’s a very intense exercise over a short period of time.
Rapid rises in blood pressure puts extra strain on the heart and blood vessels, it warned.
“Different kinds of exercise and activity have different effects on your body,” said the charity.
“If you have high blood pressure, you should try to focus on activities that will help your heart and blood vessels.
“Other forms of activity are less helpful. For example, you should not do any exercise that is very intensive for short periods of time, such as sprinting or weightlifting.
“These kinds of activities will quickly raise your blood pressure, and put unwanted strain on your heart and blood vessels.”
Some activities, including scuba diving and skydiving, can be dangerous if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure.
You’ll need a medical certificate from your doctor to start a new exercise regime that includes these sports.
The best exercises for hypertension patients are those that are repetitive and rhythmic.
These activities use the large muscle groups of the body.
Walking, jogging, dancing and swimming are all types of aerobic activity.
Regular exercise helps to lower the risk of high blood pressure, said the NHS.
Everyone should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
It’s not always possible to know if you have high blood pressure, as symptoms only show if you have extremely high blood pressure.
Common hypertension symptoms include severe headaches, chest pain and finding blood in your urine.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist to have your blood pressure checked.