Originally Posted by Linds
Lifting weights is mostly what I do.
Yes but did you read the [link]
in my first post? I'm sorry if I hid it too well as it explains the answer to your original question better than I could.
Anaerobic exercise (lifting, HIIT), may actually increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke (especially when your heartrate is up) because it makes your heart even more swole than it already is.
Aerobic exercise makes your heart chambers and therefore stroke volume bigger, allowing your heart rate to be lower for the same amount of oxygen delivered (effort). This should reverse some of the concentric cardiac hypertrophy caused by hypertension. Also it's part of a balanced conditioning program and if done on an empty stomach a relatively easy way to keep the fat % down so three birds one stone. (four if fat is a factor in your hypertension).