The DASH eating plan is just one key part of a heart-healthy lifestyle, and combining it with other lifestyle changes such as physical activity can help you control your blood pressure and LDL-cholesterol for life.
To help prevent and control high blood pressure:
- Be physically active.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Manage and cope with stress.
Other lifestyle changes can improve your overall health, such as:
- If you smoke, quit.
- Get plenty of sleep.
To help make lifelong lifestyle changes, try making one change at a time and add another when you feel that you have successfully adopted the earlier changes. When you practice several healthy lifestyle habits, you are more likely to achieve and maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.