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can i weight train? my blood pressure was high, i stopped caffeine, eat raw veggies... some docs day yes, some no. i am almost off med by diet.

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Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Ohanswered
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Control BP first: Your blood pressure (BP) will go up during exercise. This is normal physiology however you want to make sure that your resting BP is normal before starting vigorous exercise. Most dietary restrictions such as cutting caffeine and salt intake help albeit very little. If this is enough for you, great. Otherwise there's nothing wrong with taking meds. Ideal resting BP should be ~110/60.
Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 42 years experience
Depends: Weight training is one of the best ways to strengthen your body. There are a few instances which you would not want to overload a joint with too much resistance (weights) , if there is underlying arthritis . Otherwise i advise my patients to weight train 4-5 sets per body part with increasing weight each set. Weight training should also be done in conjunction with cardio.

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