One of my family members suffers from hypertension. This person is generally concerned about their health, and has agreed to commit to a workout regimen. The doctors have not raised any flags about working out, however I would like some advice as to how a typical workout should be altered in light of hypertension (if it needs to be altered at all).
It depends on how high the blood pressure is? I would be very cautious about starting a exercise programme without clearance from the gp. If the high number of the blood pressure if over 145, a gym will refer you to the Doctor and they will require a letter back from your gp to say it is safe for you to train. I would not recommend weights, as this can elevate the blood pressure further. Definitely, no weights above head height.
If all clear is given by the gp, I would start them on walking programme, and swimming.
Whilst exercise will help to bring the blood pressure down. It may need to be brought down with medication before an exercise programme can begin.
I cannot stress enough how dangerous it can be to workout with a very high blood pressure!
There might be more heart-friendly exercises that can be performed; however, these readily come to mind and shouldn't require extra equipment.