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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 59,414
8/25/11 7:11 A

Heart rate is just one way to measure the intensity of your workout. Anyone who takes a medication that lowers heart rate should use another method to measure intensity- such as the Talk Test or Rate of Perceived Exertion. As long as you are working hard and challenging yourself, that's what matters most- not the specific number your heart rate reaches.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
VYRALYNNE Posts: 119
8/25/11 6:46 A

I take the medication propanolol as a headache prophylactic and it has the side effect of lowering my heart rate. So, I am about 50-60 resting and get up to maybe 140 max while working out, even if I am doing high intensity cardio. Does this mean I am burning fewer calories than if I was off the med and my HR was up to 170-180 like it used to be? I know I need to ask my doctor, but I was hoping someone here may have some unofficial insight first.
Thanks for any help!

PS- my age is 30

Edited by: VYRALYNNE at: 8/25/2011 (06:50)
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