To get your blood pressure under control, you need to improve your diet and get more exercise. You may need to take medicine as well. One strategy for making lifestyle changes and sticking with them is to record your progress. Your records of your efforts will also help you identify areas where you need more information or support. It will help your healthcare team assess how effective your treatment is, too. Once you and your healthcare team have worked out an effective treatment plan and you are able to follow it, you may find that you do not need to continue keeping all the same records.

How can I keep track of my diet?

Use a food diary to keep a record of what you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat. This will help you see where you're doing well and pick out areas that you need to improve. Show it to your doctor or your dietitian to get tips on how you can make even more progress.

How can I keep track of my exercise?

Record your daily activity in an exercise diary. Keeping track of your exercise can help you stay motivated because you can see the work you've already done. You can also see the progress you've made in building your fitness level and working out longer, harder, and more often. By looking at your exercise diary, your doctor or your exercise specialist can help you set fitness goals, so share your diary with your healthcare team.

How can I keep track of the medicines I need?

To help you keep track of the medicines you take, keep a written list.

Should I keep track of my blood pressure?

If you have high blood pressure, it may be a good idea to keep a record of your blood pressure levels. Use a home blood pressure monitor to check your blood pressure several times a week. Check it at different times of the day. Ask your doctor how often. This can help you see which factors, such as exercise, affect your blood pressure, so you can get better control. It can also help you know when it's time to speak with your doctor about changing your treatment plan. To learn more about monitoring your own blood pressure, see How can blood pressure monitoring help?