Is intense exercise safe with Hypertension?
I am not grossly overweight, but I could stand to lose about 20 lbs. I wouldn't consider myself totally out of shape either. If I tried, I could probably go run a mile. I also have two little boys who I chase all over the house/yard. However, two months ago I visited my doctor for a work physical I found out that I have hypertension and a high resting heart rate. Over the past two months I've had a few more doctors visits to confirm that I have a problem.
So now I'm concerned, and my wife and parents are freaking out. I've known I should be in better shape for some time now. For Christmas my wife got me the P90x Insanity DVD's. I'm a little hesitant because of all those warnings about "checking with physicians before beginning this workout". I asked my doctor twice about this and both times he didn't say yes or no. He just kind of beat around the bush about how they're good for some people and bad for others.
Obviously I'm going to change my diet, but do you think it's safe to start an intense workout system now, or should I ease into it? I know I'm probably just over thinking it, but I'm really paranoid with all the freaking out my wife and parents are doing.
Any opinions are welcome. Thanks