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Doctor insights on: Heart Rate During Exercise

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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What should my heart rate be at my age?

What should my heart rate be at my age?

Heart rate: Resting heart rate for a normal adult is 60-80bpm, with exercise we target heart rate to age and phsyical status. ...Read more

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What's a normal change in heart rate with exercise?

What's a normal change in heart rate with exercise?

Increased heart rate: Exercise is cardiovascular (aerobic) if you raise and elevate your heart rate for an extended period of time. Preferably you would like to elevate your pulse to 65-85% of your max hr. Max hr= 220- age. So for example if you are 30yo your max hr = 190 BPM and you would want to elevate your heart rate to at least 125 to 162. If you are strength training it will be a smaller increase than that. ...Read more

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I exceeded my maximum heart rate for my age, is this bad?

I exceeded my maximum heart rate for my age, is this bad?

No: Maximum heart rate for age is a PREDICTED heart rate and is only a guideline. When I supervise treadmill stress tests, I see people exceed their predicted max everyday. As long as you feel ok (tired and winded, of course!), it's okay. ...Read more

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How can I determine my optimal range for heart rate, for exercise?

How can I determine my optimal range for heart rate, for exercise?

Exercise: Rough estimate is 200 minus age. Usually would not recommend over that. I generally advise 10 BPM less as a safety cushion. ...Read more

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I am 47 years old and my heart rate was 98 should I worry. Without exercise?

HEart rate: Is too high resting. Would recommend regular exercise & screening of thyroid & blood counts as well. ...Read more

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Please explain why is my heart rate is high during a moderate intensity exercise?

Please explain why is my heart rate is high during a moderate intensity exercise?

Increase O2 delivery: When you exercise, your body burns more oxygen, which is carried by the blood. So the heart has to pump more blood. One way to do this is to increase heart rate. ...Read more

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I'm 41yrs of age and my heart rate is at 55. Is this something to be worried about?

Depends: If you are an athletic individual it may be that your heart rate has adjusted based on how healthy your heart muscle is. If this is not the case, you would need to see your doctor and have them consider something called a holter monitor which measures your heart rate and rhythm over a period of at least 24 hours. It would also be important to know if you have any symptoms with this low heart rat. ...Read more

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Why is my heart rate is high during a moderate intensity exercise? I need some advice.

Why is my heart rate is high during a moderate intensity exercise? I need some advice.

Predicted heart rate: During exercise, the maximum predicted heart rate for your age is calculated by subtracting your age from 220 (220 - age). At 33 years old that would be 220 - 33 = 187 beats per minute. Any heart rate up to 187 beats/minute during exercise would likely be normal. ...Read more

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My heart rate is 51 but I am not an athlete and I don't exercise regularly. Is it normal?

Possibly: You should have your lesion evaluated in person by your doctor, so he/she can take a biopsy (or remove it completely) if needed. ...Read more

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I'm averaging a 100bpm heart rate. I'm fairly active and 26 years of age. Should I be concerned?

I'm averaging a 100bpm heart rate. I'm fairly active and 26 years of age. Should I be concerned?

Not really: 100bpm is not considered to be very high.
for a healthy athletic 26 years old male is expected to be lower than that
how high your heart rate goes when you exercise?
my advise is to see a cardiologist to check on your BP and your hydration status, and your blood level to r/o anemia, and you thyroid function, then determined that there is no underlying heart problem, assured your or treat you. ...Read more

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If I exercise 45mins a day at heart rate 140-160bpm. How much fitter will I be in 3 months and then 6 months?

If I exercise 45mins a day at heart rate 140-160bpm. How much fitter will I be in 3 months and then 6 months?

More fit likely: I do not know a measure, except doing the same effort with less increase in pulse rate.
Longer duration, and less tiredness and breathlessness. ...Read more

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Is there a way I can naturally lower my heart rate. I exercise everyday, and eat right, yet it still dangerously high as in 100+.

Is there a way I can naturally lower my heart rate. I exercise everyday, and eat right, yet it still dangerously high as in 100+.

I suggest seeing PCP: And may be a Cardiologist to ensure there are NO heart issues, if your Heart rate stays in the hundreds.
Get it checked. Forget the natural ways of reducing it, till you get it checked.
Another possibility is a thyroid problem, which your PCP would be able to Diagnose and deal with.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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I'm 18 exercise regularly but am 6ft 200lbs. Sometimes I have a heart rate of 55 but when I exercise it goes up normal. Should I get checked?

I'm 18 exercise regularly but am 6ft 200lbs. Sometimes I have a heart rate of 55 but when I exercise it goes up normal. Should I get checked?

May be normal: The normal resting hear rate is between 60 and 100. The heart rate increases with exercise and people who exercise a lot tend to have lower resting heart rate. Trained marathon runners may have resting heart in the 40's - 50's. If you have dizziness or feel lightheaded when the heart rate is low, you should have it checked. ...Read more

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What should you do in regard to the intensity of your workout if your post-exercise heart rate is above either the five- or 10-minute levels?

Exercise: If you're concerned about these numbers consult your dr. About the meaning vis a vis your workout, making a recommendation only on the info here is inappropriate, not that simple. ...Read more

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When exercising one identifies a heart rate which is 100%, depending on age. 100% of what? (i refer to the 220-age formula for 100% heart rate.)

When exercising one identifies a heart rate which is 100%, depending on age. 100% of what? (i refer to the 220-age formula for 100% heart rate.)

Of predicted: Certain numbers have been determined to be maximal heart based on age. The heart can actually go faster than these numbers but it has been determined that higher rates are detrimental. If you are exercising and you heart rate reaches that predicted number, then you have reached 100%. It is recommended that you keep your heart rate at 80-90% during exercise. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me the proper way to measure recovery heart rate? Does duration of exercise matter? I was hoping to do it after 30mins of cardio.

Could you please tell me the proper way to measure recovery heart rate? Does duration of exercise matter? I was hoping to do it after 30mins of cardio.

Various ways: Count your pulse immediately after that exercise for 10 seconds and multiply by 6 for the end of exercise heart rate in beats per minute. Measure again in 1 minute and the rate should be at least 12 beats per minute less. In 2 minutes it should be at least 22 beats per minute less. The faster the heart rate goes down the better. Overheating and dehydration may keep pulse elevated. ...Read more

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What is a normal heart rate during light exercise?

It depends: Your condition. The heart rate is calculated as the following 220 - age = maximum heart rate during exercise... ...Read more

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What is the normal heart rate for moderate to strenuous exercise?

Depends on age: Formula for maximum heart rate is 220 - age.
Determine goal then multiply that number by the percentage listed:

maintain healthy heart 50% - 60%
weight loss 60% - 70%
aerobic increase endurance 70% - 80%
conditioning muscle building, and athletic training 80% - 90%
athletic training and endurance 90% - 100%. ...Read more

Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more