Is it safe to exercise with High Blood Pressure?

The hypertensive client will benefit from a well-designed safe and effective fitness program. The program should closely monitor blood pressure and exercise intensity. Exercise intensity will be monitored using “Rate of Perceived Exertion” due to heart rate dampening caused by medications. Contrary to many opinions, weight training should be performed by the hypertensive client with close monitoring. Weight training is allowed for blood pressure values less than 180/105. Resisted exercise should not be used with clients with congestive heart failure, unstable angina, uncontrolled arrthymias or resting blood pressure greater than 180/105.  Resting blood pressures greater than 160/100 should not be allowed to perform cardiovascular exercise unless the physician has authorized greater values. A greater than 20 mm Hg increase in exercise blood pressure warrants an immediate termination of exercise.

How can Medical Exercise help me manage my Blood Pressure (HTN)?

HTN is managed with a combination of diet, exercise and medication. The diet restrictions include an anti-inflammatory, reduced fat, and low salt nutrition plan. Drug therapy controls the three factors associated with hypertension:

  1. Plasma        2) Peripheral Resistance     3) Heart Contractility

The Exercise Goals and Objectives for our Hypertensive Clients include:

  1. Reduce blood pressure to acceptable levels

    • – Exercise naturally supports health heart and blood vessel health

  2. Develop safe and effective exercise program

    • Resistance training will improve overall strength and stability and reduce stress on the heart as you perform your activities of daily living or recreational activities.

    • Cardiovascular training will improve heart and vascular function and health

    • Exercise is a natural stress reducer that will help support healthy blood pressure levels

  3. Establish independent dietary program

    • You will work with your Medical Exercise Practitioner to develop a heart healthy, easy to follow nutrition plan.

Condition Management

As Medical Exercise Specialists, we are trained to avoid any activities that will aggravate your condition. As we

design your Hypertension exercise program, we take the necessary precautions to:

  1. Monitor blood pressure during and after exercise using the “Rate of Perceived Exertion”

  2. Avoid using intensity levels that will spike your blood pressure

  3. Take a complete inventory of any medications you are using and take their physiologic effects on the body into account when designing and coaching your exercise sessions