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Is strength training safe for people with high blood pressure?

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Is strength training safe for people with high blood pressure?

Many people with hypertension avoid strength training because they are afraid that it will increase their blood pressure. But research shows that these fears are generally unfounded.It's true that if you have high blood pressure, you should avoid strenuous strength-related activities, such as trying to open a sticking window or attempting to push a stalled car. Activities of this type (isometric strength training), may cause excessively high blood pressure responses and are potentially dangerous for many people with hypertension. Other than that, people with hypertension can follow a sensible strength training routine characterized by:
  • Lifting lighter weights for a higher number of reps (12-15 reps)
  • Moving continuously throughout each exercise (to avoid an isometric hold)
  • NOT lifting maximum weights, performing isometric contractions, or holding your breath. (These practices result in excessive blood pressure responses and should be avoided.)
Strength training alone isn't enough to help lower blood pressure, however. Cardio (aerobic) exercise offers the most benefits.

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