I've recently started exercising again after a bit of a break. Cardio has never come easily to me but I have been enjoying what little running I can do (I am working on C25K currently) and I feel so good after, and frequently during, my sessions.
I've always struggled in group settings because what seems so easy for others pushes me to my limits and I feel the need to try and meet their standards rather than my own. I purchased a chest straps style heart rate monitor and discovered that, based on target heart rate ranges, I had been working out at about 85% or higher of my MHR when I felt as though the best I could do just wasn't enough.
My question is:
If I feel good, challenged, but what I am doing is sustainable for at least 30 minutes and even enjoyable, should I be concerned that my heart rate is 85-95% of my calculated maximum? (using the 220-age formula)
I have read a number of articles on this site concerning both overexertion and the idea that these formulas are not accurate for everyone, since I've never been very physically fit or a habitual exerciser I don't have a good idea of what healthy exercise vs overdoing it feels like. I don't know that my concept of RPE is even very valid.
Please don't just tell me to see my doctor and ask them, for a number of reasons that is not a very viable option for me.
"If a man really wants something he will find a way, if he doesn't he will find an excuse." Stephen Dolley, Jr.
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