A drop in blood pressure after exercise.

Q: My blood pressure is usually in the pre-hypertensive range (130/70) but for a couple of hours after a 20 mile bike ride it goes down to about 100/60. What does that mean? Also, right after weight training my heart rate is 160 but within only 30 seconds it drops to 100. Is that good?

A: It is typical for blood pressure to go down after exercise. How long it stays lowered depends on many factors. Examples include level of fitness, pre-exercise blood pressure, hydration, and activity level after exercise. Your heart rate should start to slow once you stop an exercise. A quick response to a lowering of activity suggests you are in good physical shape but more information about your overall health is needed to be sure.

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