‘Habitual medium-intensity exercise can help lower high blood pressure,’ says Ty Kubiak, certified martial arts instructor and PT at GymNation. ‘Once you get a clearance from your GP, exercises such as walking, jogging, swimming and other cardiovascular modalities will help lower high blood pressure.

‘Easing into intensity is key as blood pressure will naturally rise during bouts of exercise. Strength training is also good to incorporate into your exercise regimen at some point. As expected, your body will take time to adapt, so take it slow and steady and increase over time along with regular checks with your GP.’

However, if you experience shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, chest pain or feel dizzy while exercising, immediately stop, and consult a GP.