Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Weightlifting and High Blood Pressure

For years people have said that exercise improves your blood circulation and also helps with blood pressure, the question has been whether weightlifting fits into this category.

If you have high blood pressure then exercise is a great way of improving this, but while many may take up walking, running or using an exercise bike, can weightlifting be seen as an alternative option?

The answer to this question is yes!

While it is known that when weightlifting you can experience a spike in blood pressure, this is usually a mix of exerting yourself in lifting heavy weights compounded by not breathing correctly during your weightlifting. It is for this reason that previously weightlifting was seen as a no no for people with high blood pressure.

The truth is that the longer term benefits of weightlifting are that resting blood pressure rates are lowered by weightlifting. this gives a great reason to start weightlifting if you have high blood pressure.

If you are reading this thinking "I have high blood pressure and want to give this a go" then there are a couple of things you need to be aware of before embarking on your new weightlifting regime:

  • Consult your Doctor and let them give you the green light to train first and foremost
  • Practise breathing exercises to ensure you never hold your breath when lifting
  • Do not lift heavy weights in a powerlifting style, lift lighter weights and more repetitions as the strain of lifting heavier weights can make your blood pressure rise
  • Do not over do it and if your body is telling you that your doing too much then take a rest or stop for the day