While some people with low blood pressure may have no symptoms upon exertion, others may experience dizziness, visual blurring, nausea, sweating and fainting.
These symptoms can be caused by dehydration, standing for long periods, or certain exercise positions.
Some precautions may be necessary if you have low blood pressure and exercise.
Why Do Some People Experience Low Blood Pressure While Exercising?
When you stand, blood collects in the legs, which is then detected by the nervous system. This then sends a signal to the heart to beat faster and constrict the blood vessels. If you have low blood pressure, the change is not efficiently made to avoid the negative reaction.
The increased demand by the muscles for more oxygen and blood can further lower blood pressure and result in decreased blood flow to the brain, which can be exacerbated by exercise.
What You Can Do About Low Blood Pressure While Exercising
Exercise is essential for good health, so you should definitely keep doing it. But, it is important to be aware of sudden changes in posture, such as any exercise that causes you to raise your head suddenly from below heart level, or from heart level, to standing upright.
For this reason, you may want to consider forms of exercise that will not require these types of movements. Some suggestions are:
Yoga that doesn’t require moving from a lying down position to sitting or sitting to standing. Twisting poses will not affect those with low blood pressure
Walking or Jogging
Don’t Let Low Blood Pressure While Exercising Keep You From Activity!
With a little fore-thought, and some awareness of body position, you can enjoy a regular exercise routine and reap all of the health benefits that come from working out.
If you are just beginning an exercise routine, start slowly and always remember to rise slowly from lying, squatting or sitting positions. This will allow your body sufficient time to react to the change in position and help you avoid unpleasant symptoms.