Q&A: How to battle high blood pressure

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I'm 45 years old, 5ft 8in/ 77kg and I've been cycling for about four years.  Recently I started high intensity interval training (HIIT) on a turbo bike - my resting heart rate has dropped and I have been getting my heart rate up to 95 per cent max for short training periods.  However, my blood pressure was measured recently and was high (150/100) but my ECG was normal.  In your opinion is there any reason why I shouldn't continue HIIT?

Regards, Allan Walker

Hi Allan, although steady-state low or moderate intensity exercise is traditionally recommended for prevention and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension), several recent studies have shown that HIIT is superior for improving cardiorespiratory fitness and arterial stiffness in hypertensive subjects.

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