High blood pressure affects about 25 per cent of all UK adults, according to the NHS.
The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on your blood vessels and vital organs.
This increases your risk of deadly complications, including heart attacks, strokes, and coronary heart disease.
You can prevent high blood pressure by regularly exercising.
But, you should avoid high-intensity training, as it could do more harm than good, warned a diet and fitness expert.
Regular exercise can gradually improve your blood pressure, said Faya Nilsson, diet and fitness expert for @FitnessOnToast.
It strengthens your heart, and it becomes more efficient at pumping blood around the body.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) could put too much strain on your heart, and could do more harm than good, Nilsson warned.
“If you do have high blood pressure, your exercise regime needs to be tailored to your needs – so there are certain exercises that should be avoided,” said Nilsson, who is part of Braun’s Europe Healthy Heart Panel.
“For example, I would not recommend HIIT, which raises the heart rate too quickly, as this can place a lot of strain on your heart.
“Instead, it is recommended to gradually increase training, rather than working out in an explosive and intermittent way.
“For those who have never followed an exercise routine before, even power walking will provide lots of benefits.
“Power walking to work or even just making sure you move at least once an hour can make a real difference.
”While positive changes to your health and wellness are crucial, your heart should be prioritised over everything else, said Nilsson.
If you’re struggling for motivation, you could try finding a gym buddy.
You may let yourself down, but you’ll never let a friend down, added Nilsson.
Every adult should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week, said the NHS.
Keeping active will also help you to lose weight, which in turn, also lowers your blood pressure.
Being overweight forces your heart to work harder to pump blood around the body.
See a GP or pharmacist to check your blood pressure.