YES! A recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning April 2012 indicates it does significantly reduce blood pressure. In this study blood pressure reduced with resistive exercises over a twelve week period. At the time the participants were not taking hypertensive medications and were middle age adults with Stage1 hypertension. The following is a short list of the findings:
- Blood pressure reduced 16mm Hg in Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP) and 12mm Hg in Diastolic Blood Pressure
- Similar results in aerobic exercise
- Resistive Exercise routines use high repetition programs with <30 seconds rest between sets
- Reductions in Blood Pressure lasted >4 weeks after training stopped.
A combination of resistive and aerobic training is a nice alternative to immediately starting medications. If you are concerned about starting a similar training program because of past orthopedic or sports injuries feel free to consult with the paramus physical therapists at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation who are experts on injury prevention and rehabilitation for many orthopedic, spine and sports related injuries.