Weight Training Lowers Blood Pressure
Reuters Health  

Blood pressure increases dramatically during upper body exercises, such as bench presses, twisting a stubborn cap off a jam jar, or shoveling snow. Weight training can substantially reduce the blood pressure response to the exercise and provide many healthy benefits to the heart. Though the reductions in blood pressure from weight training are small, they might lower the risk of stroke and heart disease. Dr. Barry Franklin. president, American College of Sports Medicine, stated that weight training is effective for improving many medical conditions, reducing the risk of heart disease, and enhancing psychological well being. And while weight training is safe for most people, it should be avoided in those with unpredictable chest pain, out-of-control blood pressure, uncontrolled irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and severe heart valve disease.

Reuters Health, Feb. 17, 2000