Weight Training Lowers Blood Pressure

Higher weight training volume triggers greater post-exercise decrease in blood pressure.

Weight training and aerobics cause temporary drops in resting blood pressure after exercise, a phenomenon known as post-exercise hypotension. While the possible health benefits of post-exercise hypotension are unknown, some experts have suggested that it might contribute to the effects of exercise in decreasing resting blood pressure.

A study from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil discovered that weight-training programs consisting of five sets of eight different exercises were superior to routines using three sets or one set for lowering blood pressure after workout.

While these results are interesting, the long-term consequences or health benefits of post-exercise drops in resting blood pressure are not known.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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