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DOUGLYE Posts: 1,541
1/30/13 1:57 P

Great conversation. I only want to add some encouragement.
I LIKE walking. I like walking the wooded trails and on the streets (sidewalks). I always incorporate some hills into my walks and I try to keep the same pace whether on the hills or on the flats. It is like doing 'interval training'. I walk at a speed of 6.7 km an hour (4.16 m/hr)

There are 2 hills on my route and they are 12% & 10% (only for about 20 minutes of the walk). In a little under a year, my resting heart rate, the heart rate while walking and my blood pressure have all come down. My blood pressure is in the 'athletic range' although I still have some more pounds to loose. Keep up the work and you will see results.

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1/30/13 1:55 P

I'm another person with a naturally high heart rate when I exercise. My resting HR is around 50, but as soon as I start moving beyond normal walking, I'm at least up to the 150's. A normal run will have me between 165-175. Intense work, like hills or speed work, brings me up to the high 180's, which is where I finally start to feel like I'm pushing it. I did bring this up with my doctor and a cardiac specialist, and I seem to be perfectly fine. My recovery time is good, and I can carry on a conversation while my HR is at 170. I can sustain that level for at least two hours of race pace running. Over the last few years of paying attention to my body, I'd figured out how to adjust the scale based on how I'm feeling and what's normal for me. I do watch my heart rate, but I go by my scale, so if I'm used to being around 165 for an easy run and I'm pushing the low 170's, I know something might be slightly off.

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1/30/13 10:28 A

awesome everyone! thanks so much for taking the time to share and reply... sounds like I am completely normal and its ok to work at this level (Motivated- really, 5% is a considerable incline? I thought it was nothing.... have been walking at 15-25% at 2.5 mph so I thought 5% was nothing... good to know that even a 5% is working the heart!). Looking forward to seeing some heart health improvements over the next few months!

MATREXX Posts: 579
1/30/13 10:12 A

When I do cardio my heart rate goes up to the 180s but I can sustain this for 40 mins plus of running. My active heart rate has always been high. It usually stays that way because the better shape I get in the more intense my workout becomes as a certain level becomes too comfortable. I've also been to cardiologists for the stress tests, ultrasound etc with nothing found. So since it doesn't cause me any issues when I'm working out - dizziness, shortness of breath etc I just go with it and accept it as a fact of my body.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
1/30/13 6:41 A

btw, 5% is a significant incline. Approximately 65% more effort than walking on the level.

So at 3.5 mph, it's not surprising that your HR is high.


NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
1/30/13 4:30 A

I've posted about my screwed up heart before -- although my resting pulse is around 48-50, it shoots up to 194+ with not very intense effort and then can take close to an hour to get down to around 100. I've been to cardiologists and had stress tests and ultrasounds and worn heart monitors for 6 weeks and they've found no cause for this to happen. So... there's not much I can do about it. I don't do cardio. I just do strength training and walking. But I can say that the strength training + weight loss brought my blood pressure from 145/85 to 115/60 in only a few months. I have the same genes you do it sounds like so I do worry about my cardiovascular fitness, and I was born with some heart "issues" but I'm not going to kill myself just to feel like I'm doing what everyone else does. Cardio is great for 99.99% of people, but then there are people like me who have passed out several times in the gym and would prefer not to repeat the experience!

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1/29/13 9:06 P

Yes. Mine was before I started cardio. My resting heart rate was 80 bpm. Regular exercise while increasing the intensity of my exercise at regular intervals brought it down to 60 bpm in around 3 months. It hardly took any time at all. I've been doing regular cardio for about 6 months now and my resting heart rate in the mornings is around 55-58 bpm.

I've always had low normal blood pressure but even that has dropped to the range of professional athletes (and kids!)

So don't sweat it. Just keep moving up to the next level when you feel you're ready for it. You'll be making huge strides in health and fitness in the next couple months and year. :)

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/29/2013 (21:10)
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1/29/13 9:03 P

thanks guys!! I don't know why I had it in my head that if I was working over 150 it was too much... I definitely can do a light conversation at 170, and thanks for the link to the talk test... sounds like a good gauge moving forward. Also, good to know it does get better with time, as my main goal with this weight reduction is to fight my genes for hypertension... I want my heart and arteries pumping slow and clean, not at 180 bpm doing light cardio lol :)

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1/29/13 8:42 P


Your heart, just like any other muscle, will get stronger the more you exercise. As long as you are not experiencing any chest pain or dizziness, it's fine to work out at a higher intensity. However, you will want to work out at a heart rate that allows you to carry on a light conversation. Studies show that the talk test can be just as beneficial in determining our intensity as a heart rate monitor.

Below is a link that may help you have a better undestanding as to how to use the talk test.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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1/29/13 7:46 P

It will get better. Don't fret overmuch unless you have a reason to be concerned. If you feel excessively overtaxed by your workouts, and it doesn't get better after consistency for a few weeks, you may want to bring it up with your doctor just to be sure.

REmember you're going from being (presumably) sedentary to being active. Of course your heart's working hard! It's not used to it. What's more of a concern would be how long it takes to return to a safer level. IF your heart rate is elevated for a long time, that could be a problem.

It will get better. :)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/29/2013 (19:47)
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1/29/13 7:20 P

k thanks... I am in good health, at least my last physical said so :) I just was floored that my HR was so high for not a huge cardio workout (it seems to me, anyway).. when I use the incline trainer at 25%, it gets easily to 185. Maybe my next goal should be to get that down to a more reasonable number lol

1/29/13 7:18 P

My cardio heart rate is in the 170s and my doctor says I'm in good health. I kept that heart rate up for 40 minutes today without issue. I think every body is different. If you have concerns I'd suggest you talk to your doctor about it. I did, and it really did make me feel better.

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1/29/13 7:02 P

Does or did anyone else have a really bad heart rate when they first started exercising? I am embarrassed to say that my HR gets up to 160 or 170 even when I am walking 3.5 mph at a 5% incline for 20 mins. my max HR is apparently 187 according to websites... is it safe to continue to work out with a 170 heart rate? If I shoot for 150, I feel like its not a workout. I take no meds for anything, no medical issues, blood pressure completely normal.

Oh, and my resting HR is 70-75

Edited by: 35BYMAY at: 1/29/2013 (19:03)
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