I have a friend who's just getting into high intensity interval training, but he's a little concerned about going too intense with the intervals because he doesn't know how his blood pressure medication may affect things. He's almost 50 and in basically good shape except for taking blood pressure meds.
Does anyone have experience with intense workouts while on meds? Also, if there's any references I can refer him to that backs up the answers, I'd appreciate it.
asked byAnon_9 (2771)
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on May 31, 2013
at 04:24 PM
I have chronic HBP which nothing in my paleo diet seems to help. I take meds and if i don't, then my BP shoots right up. This last winter I joined a local badminton club and played 2 times a week for about 1 1/2 hours each. It does replicate HITT in that there is a lot of explosive movements and noticed that my BP drops almost too low sometimes and I need to adjust my dose. I also found when I lift heavy things; this will drop my BP also. I just need to be consistant with these things and hope to one day not take the meds. Your friend will surely benefit with what you guys are planning, I would just suggest he get a home BP machine and monitor is BP several times a day to see how he is affected with this type of exercise. Good luck to your buddy.