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My Blood Pressure Increases After Exercising
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My Blood Pressure Increases After Exercising

People with high blood pressure are often advised to check with their doctor before engaging in any form of exercise regimen. This is because the extra stress and strain of exercising may impact the body in a pejorative manner. However, it is well documented that engaging in a daily schedule of moderate exercise does help to maintain blood pressure normalcy.

Why then does blood pressure show elevation after exercising? Not to worry, this is normal. When you exercise your body must compensate for the extra energy required to meet the demands placed on the muscles. This requires the heart to work harder to ensure that this increased demand for energy is met. The increase in blood pressure is a consequence of the extra force the heart exerts to properly supply the body with oxygenated blood. Hence when the blood pressure is measured after any physical activity it tends to be higher than normal. You may also notice that when you visit your doctor’s office almost invariably you are forced to sit and wait for a while before they check your pressure. This is to ensure that their reading of your blood pressure is as accurate as possible when you are in a state of rest.

If you are hypertensive, you should monitor your pressure at various times throughout the day. Purchase a quality blood pressure monitor machine and learn to track your pressure on a daily basis. Bear in mind that when measuring your blood pressure the monitor will give you a readout consisting of two numbers; one on the top and the other at the bottom. The top number is your systolic pressure. This is the amount of pressure in the body when the heart contracts (pushes blood out). When the heart relaxes the pressure decreases. This is the bottom number on your monitor and is referred as the diastolic pressure. Normally, the systolic pressure should be around 120 mm Hg while the diastolic pressure should read about 80 mm Hg. The readings are generally expressed in the following format 120/80 mm Hg where 120 represents the systolic and 80 the diastolic.

So as you can see, monitoring your blood pressure is very easy. All that is needed is a good blood pressure monitor and you’re in business. Please remember though that increases in blood pressure after exercising is normal, but if you have any questions, the best course of action is to consult with your doctor. Good health should not be traded for anything. Make sure you keep your health in optimum condition by monitoring your blood pressure regularly. Incorporating sensible heart friendly exercises in your daily routine will help you keep your blood pressure under control.


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Nice article. I know with regular exercise mine does decrease overall.

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  about 9 years ago

Hey, thanks Shawn. I appreciate the encouragement. I may have told you that I recently completed the 30/30 Challenge and you know Kyle and Carson make you write every day.

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  about 9 years ago

They sure do! Glad you made it through the challenge! Congratts!

  
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