During our lab this week, not only did we study the effects of exercise on heart rate, but also blood pressure. This article explains what heart rate is and what typically happens to it during exercise. Blood pressure is made up of the systolic blood pressure (highest blood pressure on the arteries during contraction) and the diastolic blood pressure (the lowest blood pressure on the arteries as the ventricle is filling). As we found in lab and as the article displays, it is normal for blood pressure to rise during exercise, especially strength training. Typically, the systolic blood pressure rises whereas the diastolic blood pressure stays about the same.