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48 yrs old. Max heart rate on slow (65 mins) 5 mile run =230. Average HR =182. Training watch says 0% of run is at appropriate rate for my age. OK?

48 yrs old. Max heart rate on slow (65 mins) 5 mile run =230. Average HR =182. Training watch says 0% of run is at appropriate rate for my age. OK?

How do you feel?: There is no rule that says it can't go that fast, but it's more than expected. It's possible your monitor is "double counting" the beats, which is not uncommon because it misinterprets the electrical impulse of your heart. Do you have a fast heart rate at rest? Do you have palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, passing out or chest pain? If you have those, see your doc to check rhythm. ...Read more

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I'm athlete,great shape. HR hovers in 140-150's for 20-25 min after exercising. HR Reaches 205-207 exercising. I'm hydrated.Why does it stay so high?

I'm athlete,great shape. HR hovers in 140-150's for 20-25 min after exercising. HR Reaches 205-207 exercising. I'm hydrated.Why does it stay so high?

These heart rates: are unexpected in a trained athlete. Have they been confirmed electrocardiographically or is this a finger or pulse ox monitor giving you the readings? First confirm these high rates are "real" then if so seek evaluation as they may represent a treatable arrhythmia rather than normal for you. ...Read more

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34 male, EKG, echo stress fine. out of shape. Throat burn after walking. Is walking enough cardio at my age? Can I start by walking for 30 min/day?

34 male, EKG, echo stress fine.  out of shape. Throat burn after walking. Is walking enough cardio at my age? Can I start by walking for 30 min/day?

Exercise: Starting by walking 30min/day is excellent, work up to 3mi/day and then work for 3mi in less than an hour say target 3mi in 45min every day. At that point it should have taken you probably 6 weeks or perhaps more to get there and you should notice a good improvement. From there you can discuss with your Doc if you want to push to higher work loads. ...Read more

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Is athletes heart causing my palpitations during exercise? Resting hr 50 ,clear echo and 24hr holter. I do lots of endurance training.

Is athletes heart causing my palpitations during exercise? Resting hr 50 ,clear echo and 24hr holter. I do lots of endurance training.

Pvcs, : Endurance runners can have skipped beats and irregular heart beat such as atrial Fibrilation during or at the end of an exercise bout . They do not usually have any clinical significance except if the runner has a lot of symptoms or interfere with overall performance. ...Read more

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I'm a competitive swimmer aiming for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What are some medication/supplements to enhance endurance and testosterone? I train 10x/wk

I'm a competitive swimmer aiming for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What are some medication/supplements to enhance endurance and testosterone? I train 10x/wk

Natural supplements: are the best way to attempt boosting your testosterone. Medications have side effects and are illegal for the Olympics! Zinc supplementation has been shown to be of some benefit in optimizing testosterone levels Vitamin D and whey protein may also be of some benefit. The most important thing to do is train and eat right. Best of luck! :) ...Read more

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Former elite marathon runner; Echocardiogram-EF-75% mild TR mild aortic insufficiency. Still run & do strength training. Expected findings for my age?

Former elite marathon runner; Echocardiogram-EF-75% mild TR mild aortic insufficiency. Still run & do strength training. Expected findings for my age?

Depends on: how mild is mild. It is abnormal, but it seems like a trivial abnormality, with a high normal ejection fraction and no functional limitation. But why did you get echo in the first place? Ask your cardiologist for specific opinion in your case. ...Read more

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What are some great pre marathon foods that I should take into consideration the night before or race day?

What are some great pre marathon foods that I should take into consideration the night before or race day?

Bland carbs: What you want to avoid is any GI surprises that require unplanned portapotty trips. Relatively plain whole grains are safe, maybe with some lean protein. Too much fat or spice can cause unexpected problems. It is good advice to stick to foods that you have had before and experienced no GI distress while running. Classics that come to mind are spaghetti, rice dishes, bananas, bagels, peanut butter. ...Read more

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Started exercising. .5 mile walk, .25 mile run. Enough to create cortisol? Had increased PVCs (benign) afterwards. Looking for correlation.

Started exercising.  .5 mile walk, .25 mile run.  Enough to create cortisol?  Had increased PVCs (benign) afterwards.  Looking for correlation.

PVC: If the PVCs haven't been worked up... Suggest it should be checked. PVCs occur in certain zones of your heart rate. Do a holter monitor and exercise with it, if not get a HR monitor for exercise. If after work up you don't have any suspicion of blocked arteries... Keep exercising and have fun getting fit. :) ...Read more

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Recently done blood work, EKG all good , no diet.. Eat 1 hour before exercise and 10 seconds into my run i fainted. Used to run 3 miles a day. Cause?

Recently done blood work, EKG all good ,  no diet.. Eat 1 hour before exercise and 10 seconds into my run i fainted. Used to run 3 miles a day. Cause?

Needs evaluation.: Your episode merits a careful cardiovascular examination, including a careful history, physical exam, including a check of your blood pressure, sitting and standing. If that proves normal, then a stress test and 24 hour (or longer) holter monitor test should be considered. If you have a heart murmur, then an echocardiogram would be included among the tests. ...Read more

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Is it possible to win at the olympics at long distance running by starting training at the age of 19 years? I have an ectomorph body type.

Is it possible to win at the olympics at long distance running by starting training at the age of 19 years? I have an ectomorph body type.

Yes!: But possible & probable are two different things, not to dash your hopes. Perhaps, rather than focus on winning at the olympics, you can set a goal of personal achievement, say participating in a 1 mile event, then walking a 5k before running a 10k and then moving towards half-marathon & full marathon. Some folks like ultra-marathons. You're a winner just by trying. As nike logo says, just do it! ...Read more

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6'3 162 pounds. Trying to gain weight/muscle. Eating more calories, working out, use pre workout, then protein shake after. Skip cardio? Just lift?

6'3 162 pounds. Trying to gain weight/muscle. Eating more calories, working out, use pre workout, then protein shake after. Skip cardio? Just lift?

Abs: Actually you are within a normal wt for your height. Now if your bone structure is small you are within normal weight. Continue to exercise this is good for you and you will build muscle mass. Bake sure you eat heLthy. You are young and your metabolism is good. ...Read more

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34 male EKG, echo stress. heart rate goes to 130-140 during play, but takes 30-45 min to below 100. Lungs burn when run.Out of shape? Heart issues?

34 male EKG, echo stress. heart rate goes to 130-140 during play, but takes 30-45 min to below 100. Lungs burn when run.Out of shape? Heart issues?

Probably: If your heart tests are normal and it takes longer for your heart rate to return to baseline, it may suggest that you may be out of shape. You need to gradually build your stamina with regular workouts. You should get these wrist bands which tell your HR and BP in realtime. Start with walking 1 mile a day and increase to 2 miles in a ~ 4 wks p, as tolerated. Then start going to gym ~3-4/wk. ...Read more

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Will exercising laid down on a recumbent bike for 30-45mins at 140-160bpm Age 23, male. 4-6 times per week get my endurance up? I want to be VERY fit.

Will exercising laid down on a recumbent bike for 30-45mins at 140-160bpm Age 23, male. 4-6 times per week get my endurance up? I want to be VERY fit.

Keep up the regular: exercise but you may want to vary the type of exercise and intensity while incorporating not only cardiovascular workouts of various types with periods of increased intensity during each workout but also include some weight training and flexibility while avoiding overuse injury by being very repetitive or rapidly getting onto an exercise routine without proper planning. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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Heart rate shoots up in the mid to late hundreds after doing 100 pushups? I'm 18 male 5'9 160-170 pounds. Rest is around 100. I'd say i'm fit so why

Heart rate shoots up in the mid to late hundreds after doing 100 pushups? I'm 18 male 5'9 160-170 pounds. Rest is around 100. I'd say i'm fit so why

Heart rate: Your exertional heart rate sounds appropriate for that level of exertion. Your resting heart rate is higher than expected, and i would consider getting checked for anemia, hyperthyroid condition, etc. Some people just run high with no explanation (inappropriate sinus tachycardia). ...Read more

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What age is it ok for a girl to run her first 5k fundraiser race?

What age is it ok for a girl to run her first 5k fundraiser race?

No set answer: I have seen many 8 year olds do well at races, if you stay with your child and run/walk along at their pace, a younger child can safely participate. ...Read more

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I was 16 weeks into my training fir my first marathon when I broke my wrist, race is in 4 weeks, can I still run it, or will running effect healing?

I was 16 weeks into my training fir my first marathon when I broke my wrist, race is in 4 weeks, can I still run it, or will running effect healing?

Run it: Properly casted this should not be a problem. If your arm movement feels off due to the weight of the cast, try equalizing the weight on the other hand by carrying something or wrapping on something of similar weight. Your pace might change slightly, but no big problem. Simply do not fall on it. Should be no risk for healing , but be sure to check with the Orthopaedic MD. Good Luck. Start slow !! ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on running a marathon with a cold? This will be my first one and have trained really hard for the past 21 weeks. Race is this sunday i'm on day 7 of the cold stuffy nose and cough

What are your thoughts on running a marathon with a cold?   This will be my first one and have trained really hard for the past 21 weeks.   Race is this sunday i'm on day 7 of the cold stuffy nose and cough

Consult Dr.: You don't want to jeopardize your health for a long period by challenging your immune system, etc. by running the marathon. You may be more susceptible to injury and other problems by running it. It is frustrating so I would talk to your Dr. asap ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can improve running endurance?

Can i tell me how i can improve running endurance?

Slowly and over time: The best way to improve running endurance, as defined by your ability to keep going for a half hour, hour, two hours, three hours, and beyond, is to gradually build up at an easy pace from whereever you are at. Run at a pace where you can talk, supplement with gels on longer runs, and aim for 3-4 runs a week. Hal higdon has great programs on his website (free) for runners at all levels. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why is my running endurance getting worse over time?

Why is my running endurance getting worse over time?

More Info: If you are fifty and asking this question, you should get the book "Running Past Fifty" by Richard Benyo. Not sure if it is still out there, as it was published in 1998 by Human Kinetics. Is it your speed or time or distance. Only very few keep their speed past 50. Distance and time endurance take longer to achieve and maintain. Rest is critical, recovery takes much longer.(63,Level I USAT coach) ...Read more

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Which is better for endurance? I can either go running or cycling so which one would improve my endurance quicker?

Which is better for endurance? I can either go running or cycling so which one would improve my endurance quicker?

Many opinions: I would think both would be effective for endurance (actually, swimming would probably be #1.) to increase your endurance you have to alter the intensity, frequency and duration of the activity. ...Read more

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Hello im lili. Why do I feel like i run out of air when im exercising (crossfit/running) and i just can't improve my endurance?

Hello im lili. Why do I feel like i run out of air when im exercising (crossfit/running) and i just can't improve my endurance?

Breath gone?: This sounds like exercise induced asthma. You very well may need to be evaluated and placed on an inhaler with medication to prevent this experience when you exercise. This is very common and very easily treated. ...Read more

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Can you improve your running endurance while smoking?

Possibly: Though this is possible, I am honor-bound to mention that these two activities are at cross-purposes and it's important to consider quitting smoking. Having said that, it does happen that running endurance (as in going for miles and miles) is not an activity that is particularly limited by the respiratory system in most people, so theoretically it is possible to increase endurance while smoking. ...Read more

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What foods will help me increase my endurance for running?

What foods will help me increase my endurance for running?

No tricks: Eat only "god-made food and leave the man-made stuff alone. That is the fuel. Endurance comes through careful training. ...Read more

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Does running build endurance and leg muscle?

Does running build endurance and leg muscle?

Yes: Running is an excellent exercise for building cardiovascular endurance; if you run distances you will improve your slow-twitch muscle tone and over time as you decrease body fat your muscles may appear more defined; if you focus on sprinting you will engage fast-twitch muscle and may see more of a "mass" effect; if you are trying for body-builder muscles strength training in gym is your best bet. ...Read more

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Planning to make my body fit, is running neccesary to build my endurance?

Planning to make my body fit, is running neccesary to build my endurance?

No: It is one of many activities to do this. Any cardiovascular activity performed at a specifically determined heart rate for a specific duration can help develop this. Rowing, cycling, spinning, swimming and running will all work. Weight training can be added for bone and support component (ligaments, tendons,etc. ) strengthening . (USAT Level I coach). Good Luck. ...Read more

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What's the best way to run and not injure oneself? I got a big pain in my back and neck the last time I was training for my endurance event.

What's the best way to run and not injure oneself? I got a big pain in my back and neck the last time I was training for my endurance event.

Good shoes: Running is a physiologic effort that should not produce injuries. Use appropriate and comfortable shoes. Do not overtrain; stop when you are tired; watch where you are going; you should see the ground which should be a correct surface to run. Stretch before running. Also watch for pernicious parasitic predators around you haha. ...Read more

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I have recently started parkrun and want to know the best way to start running training. My goal is endurance would like to target doing half marathons and full marathons.

Gradual & consistent: How often do you do the park runs? It is best to to start gradually and increasing your mileage consistently. Start with e.g. 2.5km 3x weekly, with a 5km over the weekends, then 5km 3x weekly then 10km over the weekends. You can try running at the Races over the weekends for added motivation. JHB races are almost always over weekends. Check with you local Sport Shop for dates. ...Read more

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Hello! how can I improve my running speed and endurance? I seem to get tired very quickly.

Look to your diet: Too many empty calories ( food with insufficient vitamin content) is a common cause of undue fatigue. ...Read more

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Would the use of creatine and weight training affect my cardio? I don't want to decrease my running endurance.

Would the use of creatine and weight training affect my cardio? I don't want to decrease my running endurance.

Creatine &Wt Tng OK: Creatine is a great mitochondrial (energy producer) enhancer. Weight training will increase your overall muscular strength and flexibility. Both will enhance your running endurance. ...Read more

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How can I get my endurance up for running? I can run a 1/2 mile straight now but i want to be able to run 3 miles easy by next month. Can I do this?

Yes: A healthy 17 yo should be able to run 3 miles. Run at least every other day. Increase the distance by 1/ 2 mile every 2 or 3 runs. When you increase to a mile don't expect to run at the same pace you run 1/2 mile- slow and steady is the way to go. As you get used to longer distances then you can gradually pick up the pace. Good luck! ...Read more

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When i run after 5-10 min i get tired and breathless.I take swimming and do endurance swims and get breathless easier than others.

Exercise: Great keep on exercising. If you get breathless easier than the others get checked out by doc to be sure nothing going on to cause that. You may just not be exercising right but best to be sure no physiologic problem. ...Read more

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Whenever i run a long distance, my heart beats fast and i try to support .. Is there a problem? Is this helpfull for my endurance ?

Whenever i run a long distance, my heart beats  fast and i try to support .. Is there a problem? Is this  helpfull for my endurance ?

Heart rate monitor: Get a heart rate monitor that will help you to keep your heart rate in check. Don't exceed 80% of your maximum h.R . To estimate your mhr use this equation. 220 -age= maximum heart rate. ...Read more

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