How long does blood pressure stay elevated after exercise?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends waiting for at least 30 minutes after you exercise to take a reading and resting for 5 minutes right beforehand. But it can take a couple of hours after exercise for your blood pressure to return to its typical level.
When is the best time to check your blood pressure?
Take it first in the morning before eating or taking any medications. Take it again in the evening. Each time you measure, take two or three readings to make sure your results are the same. Your health care provider might recommend taking your blood pressure at the same times each day.
What exercises should be avoided with high blood pressure?
If you have high blood pressure, you should avoid physical activity that requires sudden bursts of activity or strain as these may increase the risk of arterial rupture, heart attack, or stroke. Activities to avoid include weight lifting, playing squash, and sprinting, as well as skydiving and SCUBA diving.