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OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (255,813)
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9/20/12 11:56 A

if I'm not mistaken, the rate at which your heart rate gets back to normal is indicative of cardiovascular health as much (if not more so) than resting heart rate. That's what sent Gene Simmons to the ER when he had his stress test. His heart rate would not drop back down.

my heart rate zooms up pretty quick too, but it also gets back to the normal range fast when I stop running. And it's very tough for me to stay in any target zone when running. When I review my workout on my HRM, it's common to see a minimum in the 80s (walking/warm up) and a max in the 170s for my workout. But if I try to stay in the suggested target zone for my age, my perceived exertion rating would be about 3 or 4.

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9/20/12 10:23 A

Thanks for this discussion, all -- I recently got a heart rate monitor, after running 3 to 4 times a week for three or four months. I also am rarely in the "zone" -- walking is below the zone and almost as soon as I start running, I'm above it. What used to feel like "working hard but doable" now puts me up in the 90% plus range. I'm 57, so the formula my Polar uses (220 minus age) puts me at a max of 163, which isn't hard to reach on intervals. (At least I've discovered that I don't turn into a pumpkin as soon as the monitor hits 100% or above.) My resting heart rate runs around 60, possibly less by now, but the "zone" is elusive for me too, so it's good to hear from other folks for whom this seems to be the case as well. Thanks again for the reassurance!

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9/14/12 12:34 P

It doesn't hurt to bring it up with your doctor. I was concerned about mine for the same reasons, but the consensus seems to be that I just have a naturally higher heart rate when I exercise. My resting heart rate will be around 50, I recover quickly, and I don't feel overly stressed, but I don't think I've *ever* seen the numbers between 100 and 150, even after more than two years or regular exercise. As soon as I start moving, I'm up in the 160's (For reference: I'm 33, at a healthy weight, and currently running over 50km per week).

The thing is, I'm comfortable there. I can carry on a conversation through over two hours of running at that heart rate and it doesn't feel too high (believe me, I can tell when I'm running hills or speed drills and my HR actually does spike). In talking to my doctor and a cardiac specialist, I was told to focus on resting heart rate, recovery time, and how my body actually feels when I'm working it. After a couple years of this I know what my 'normal' feels like, even though it doesn't quite fit with the formulas, and I adjust my activity based on that. I can still tell when I'm working harder than normal or not pushing it enough, but I have to go by my own scale.

Edited by: CHRISTINA791 at: 9/14/2012 (12:43)
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9/14/12 10:48 A

Yes it does. Keep running and taking your rest days. It is in your rest days that your body changes for the better, exercises only creates the stress to do so.

The best measure of cardiovascular fitness is not really how slowly it goes up, but what your resting heart rate is. If you are very fit, your resting heart rate will be quite low. My resting heart rate used to be above 60bpm, but after a year of cardio training in which I ended up running 15miles a week, it went down to 50bpm. It takes me a good 10min. before I hit 150bpm.

There is the age effect too. When you are younger, your max. heart rate can be higher than that of an older person. So your heart will be beating faster if you are younger. But, the general rule of low resting heart rate as indicator of cardiovascular fitness holds regardless of your age.

AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 1,665
9/14/12 10:30 A

Haha, I blast my headphones so I don't have to hear it. That's helps too!

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9/14/12 10:29 A

Whew! Okay, good. When it started doing it yesterday, I was sure it was the HRM settings - maybe I had not properly set the user settings - so I fussed with those yesterday afternoon. Then when it did it again today, I thought perhaps I was on the verge of some sort of medical catastrophe! I knew I wasn't marathon-ready yet, but would have thought the sidewalk had landmines under every pavement square. I think I will turn it off if it is not a big deal. Nothing breaks the serene morning "get moving" efforts more than "beep..beep...beep....BEEPBEEPBEEPBEEP-you are about to die-BEEP.....beep..beep..seriously, are you awake..beep" sounds.

AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 1,665
9/14/12 10:24 A

Lmao, mine does the same thing. If I'm walking, I'm not "in the zone" and if I'm running, I'm not "in the zone." I'm either barely alive, or on the verge of a heart attack hahahaha.

But seriously, don't worry about it. Unless you're a firm believer in exercising in your "target heart rate zone" aka, the supposed "fat burning zone," don't let it bother you. Usually for me, if I'm doing moderate intensity cardio, after 10-15 mins of running or being on the elliptical, my HR actually regulates into my target zone, and I can maintain it by just keeping a steady pace. However, if you're doing C25K you're actually doing more of interval training anyway, so it's normal for your HR to skyrocket, then drop. It's honestly nothing to worry about or stress over!

Also, you can turn off the sounds for your HRM if the beeping bothers you. ;) Good luck!

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9/14/12 10:07 A

This is probably an insanely stupid question, but I am quite out of shape and am made painfully aware of it by way of a HRM I use and am having a bit of trouble managing how to keep my heart rate in any sort of zone. When I'm walking, my heart rate stays below or barely within the target zone. So I pick up the pace and jog a little, and as soon as I jog a few steps, my heart rate skyrockets past the target zone into the high range. Will this level off as I progress? My HRM sounds like a bomb detector as I work out. Yesterday was day 1 of C25K, so I intended to just walk today but after being unable to get my heart rate high enough out of resting to get the annoying alarm to stop, I jogged a little. By a little, I mean I only needed a few steps to get the beeping to stop, but a few steps later, my watch started going insane for the opposite reason.

[Edit:] My normal resting blood pressure is very good to a little low. It tends to take quite a bit to get my heart pumping hard, but it seems any physical activity shoots it straight past anything moderate into excessively high zones. When walking and trying to get my heart rate up, I struggle to get it above 111 bpm. As soon as I jog a few steps, it shoots into the 160+ range and climbs until I stop. Is this normal, or is this something I should get checked by a doctor?

Edited by: EMILY_B2 at: 9/14/2012 (10:20)
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