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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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When I exercise, my heart rate goes between 160-175bpm. Is this too high for a 37 year old woman? Target heart rate calc says 146 maximum.

When I exercise, my heart rate goes between 160-175bpm. Is this too high for a 37 year old woman? Target heart rate calc says 146 maximum.

Depends: A formula widely accepted is 220-age=maximum heart rate. Keep in mind though that this is a simplistic formula with age as the only variable and standard deviation for this equation is 10 to 15 bpm. Target heart rates for aggressive cardioconditioning are generally recommended at 80% of your calculated maximum for a healthy individual. See your first GP to discuss any possible contraindications ...Read more

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What is a normal heart rate for a woman during moderate exercise?

What is a normal heart rate for a woman during moderate exercise?

It depends on age: Subtract your current age in years (36) from 220. First multiply the number you get by 0.6. This is your minimum target exercising heart rate. Now multiply the first number you got by 0.8. This is your maximum target heart rate. Stay inside that range when you exercise. 220-36=184; 184x0.6= 110; 84x0.8=147. Your "normal" heart rate for exercise is between those 2 numbers. ...Read more

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I'm a 25 y/o female 5'5" 145lbs & has high heart rate. It ranges from 90 to 115 w/o activity. I exercise a little & im typically anxious. Should I worry?

I'm a 25 y/o female 5'5" 145lbs & has high heart rate. It ranges from 90 to 115 w/o activity. I exercise a little & im typically anxious. Should I worry?

Harmless: Your heart rate is harmless. You can correct it by starting a program of daily exercise. As your fitness improves, your heart rate will slow. If it's never been done, a complete blood count (to exclude anemia, common in young women), TSH (exclude thyroid xs), and echo (exclude structural heart disease) should be done. ...Read more

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What is the safe maximum heart rate during exercise for a 58 year old woman with BMI 36.8?

What is the safe maximum heart rate during exercise for a 58 year old woman with BMI 36.8?

Interesting question: In theory 220- age is maximum heart rate, but I have seen some people exceed this formula, the real question is target heart rate- probably 60-70% of this according to exercise physiology - about 112 for you. If you run a bit higher comfortably, don't worry. As you excercise more your heart rate may drop as you get more fit. Still, you don't have to go that hard to get benefits. Be well! ...Read more

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63 yo female, resting hr 45, no hi bp, very fit/bmi 22, heart rate with only moderate exercise @185 routinely, max recorded 238. What's up?

63 yo female, resting hr 45, no hi bp, very fit/bmi 22, heart rate with only moderate exercise @185 routinely, max recorded 238. What's up?

Sensitive SNS: The sympathetic nervous system releases catecholamines which can increase the heart rate. If the rate returns to low a few minutes after exercise that is not a problem. Exercise that increases hr above 120 for an hour actually decreases cardiac out put and is not healthy. Are there no symptoms when hr is so fast.? Have you had an ekg when hr is so high? ...Read more

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19 y/o female, generally healthy, not very active (not overweight though). Been anxious about my heart lately, as my resting heart rate feels slow/I feel tired often. Resting BPM is usually around 55-60. It'll go up with exercise, but I'm worried?

19 y/o female, generally healthy, not very active (not overweight though). Been anxious about my heart lately, as my resting heart rate feels slow/I feel tired often. Resting BPM is usually around 55-60. It'll go up with exercise, but I'm worried?

Anxiety: I understand your concern.
“I feel tired often” indicates feeling overwhelmed with stresses in your life.
Stress can cause anxiety and depression.
Heart rate going up with exercise indicates good functioning heart.
Feel the Wonder of 3 Billion muscle cells in Heart working together to send blood with Oxygen to every part of body due to which we are alive.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy, Medication ...Read more

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Hello, I'm a 26, fit, and a healthy female. I eat clean & exercise 5 days a week. Lately, my heart rate increases after a meal. Why is this? Thanks!

Hello, I'm a 26, fit, and a healthy female. I eat clean & exercise 5 days a week. Lately, my heart rate increases after a meal. Why is this? Thanks!

Meals and pulse: When we eat, blood to intestines increases. Blood elsewhere can decrease. If you are a bit dehydrated, this change will be more noticeable. Of course, caffeine will raise heart rate. ...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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My heart rate is 142 is that bad for a 25 year old female?

It depends: More history is required to answer this question. For example, is your heart rate fast at rest or only with excercise? If it is fast at rest it is abnormal and requires a thorough cardiovascular investigation. ...Read more

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My heart rate is 72bpm - is that normal for 29 year old woman?

My heart rate is 72bpm - is that normal for 29 year old woman?

Yes: Normal heart rate for an adult ranges from 60-100 beats per minute. ...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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Is 72 a good heart rate of a 29 year old woman that's 52' and 192 pounds?

Is 72 a good heart rate of a 29 year old woman that's 52' and 192 pounds?

Yes: About 95% of people have a resting heart rate between 50-96 beats per minute. The major concern is the weight, however. ...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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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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What is an acceptable heart rate for a 32 year old female smoker while sitting still? I need to know bpm.

What is an acceptable heart rate for a 32 year old female smoker while sitting still? I need to know bpm.

Variable: Typically we characterize a normal heart rate in anyone as 60-100 bpm. But there is great variability in the normal population of otherwise healthy individuals. I saw a 40 yo female patient in my office today whom I deem normal who has a resting heart rate of 43 bpm. ...Read more

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I'm a 44 active, healthy female. When I workout I get my heart rate up to 171-172. Is this ok, or too high?

I'm a 44 active, healthy female. When I workout I get my heart rate up to 171-172. Is this ok, or too high?

220-age = Max: You are achieving your maximal heart rate which isn't necessarily bad but also not additionally beneficial. You will achieve similar benefit from attaining and maintaining 85% which would be around 150 BPM. Back down your routine just a little. You are 44 not 22. What you lose in age you gain in experience over those younger athletes. ...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

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