Generally, yes it is safe.
Exercise is very effective at reducing blood pressure, with 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (eg walking) 5 days a week being the minimum recommendation, as well as 2 days of resistance (weights) training. This has been shown to reduce systolic BP by 7mmHg (over time).
You could start with walking, swimming or cycling and aim to build up to 30 mins per day, then keep building up towards an hour. A good rule of thumb is to add 10%
Current recommendations recommend ceasing exercise if systolic BP rises to >250mmHg or systolic BP to >115mmHg (Exercise and Sports Science Australia).
Exercise should always be followed by a warm down, as this prevents a rapid decrease in blood pressure post exercise, and possible dizziness or shortness of breath. Several minutes of easier intensity exercise should gradually bring the heart rate and blood pressure down.
You should definitely stop exercising and seek medical attention if you experience chest pain during exercise, regardless of whether you have high blood pressure or not.
As always, this is general advice and you should always check with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist before commencing any exercise program.
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