High blood pressure symptoms do not often appear, but if the condition becomes more extreme it can cause a severe headache, fatigue and chest pain, among other symptoms.
It’s not yet clear what causes high blood pressure, but it may be linked to ageing, eating a diet containing a high amount of salt and a lack of exercise, according to the NHS.
Sufferers are often diagnosed through a simple blood pressure test, which your GP performs using a simple machine.
Treatment for the condition can include medication, such as tablets, and/or trying lifestyle and diet changes, to reduce your symptoms.
Exercising for this amount of time can help reduce blood pressure, according to Blood Pressure UK.
“Being inactive is linked to high blood pressure; therefore increasing your activity levels will reduce your blood pressure,” said Blood Pressure UK.
“Most people with high blood pressure should be able to increase their activity levels safely.”
The charity says it “should be safe” to increase your activity levels to help lower your blood pressure, if you have a level between 140/90 to 179/99 mmHg.
If you have blood pressure over this you should consult your doctor or nurse before starting any “new” exercise, the charity recommends.
If your blood pressure is around the normal range of between 90/60 to 140/90mmHg, it should be safe for you to be “more active”, but if it drops below this you should seek medical advice before engaging in any new exercises.
“Different kinds of exercise and activity have different effects on your body,” said charity Blood Pressure UK.
“If you have high blood pressure, you should try to focus on activities that will help your heart and blood vessels.
“Aerobic activity is the type that helps your heart the most.”
These exercises include swimming, walking and cycling, which you should aim to do regularly to combat the condition.
Everyone needs to aim for at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise everyday.
Failing to take action to lower high blood pressure increases your risk of developing heart or kidney disease.
Public Health England estimates that as many as one in four UK adults may have the condition.
It adds that this is the third biggest risk factor for premature death in England, behind smoking and poor diet, and that at least half of all heart attacks and strokes are associated with the condition.
If you think you have high blood pressure you should contact your GP immediately.
They can run a test for you and then design a treatment plan to help you bring the blood pressure levels back down.