What Happens To Systolic And Diastolic Blood Pressure During Exercise?


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It is imperative to know what happens to your blood pressure when you exercise, as having blood pressure that is too high or too low can make exercise dangerous for you. Know the general effects it has on everyone and consult your doctor before you begin an intensive workout regimen.

Whenever the body needs more energy as it does during a workout, it uses oxygen to break down glucose and other chemicals in the body which increases blood pressure as a whole. The kind of exercise you are doing will make all the difference as to what happens to both your systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

If you doing a dynamic exercise such as jogging, running, or swimming, these activities require a large amount of energy from the body. These exercises will cause a progressive rise in systolic pressure while diastolic pressure will remain steady and may even drop a few points. If you're worried about your blood pressure while doing one of these exercises you can do a quick check simply by monitoring your heart rate before and after you exercise.

Another form of exercise that affects the blood pressure and heart rate is isometric exercise. The most common form of this exercise is weight lifting. This exercise requires little change in the cardiac activity and little to no change in the blood flow. This will cause a rise in both systolic and diastolic meaning an overall rise in blood pressure which could be dangerous to some people.

To avoid a big rise in blood pressure, develop a warm-up routine to help you ease into either of these two types of exercise.  Warming up properly by stretching will keep your blood pressure from spiking, letting it slowly rise as you need more energy to take part in your exercise routine.
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Depending on how light or heavy exercise is will depend on the change that occurs.
Typically during exercise heart rate will increase. This is in order to increase blood flow to the working muscles to allow for increased respiration - in order for the muscles to work efficiently. Therefore the more strenuous the exercise, the more your heart rate will increase.
Blood pressure will also increase during exercise and again depends on intensity levels. During exercise such as running/cycling/swimming systolic pressure will increase progressively whereas diastolic pressure will increase only slightly.
During weight lifting exercises, both systolic and diastolic pressures will rise.
Obviously these effects will vary from person to person, depending on age, gender, exercise level, exercise intensity etc. Etc.

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