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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


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

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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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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Whats a normal change in heart rate with exercise?

Whats 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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