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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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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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Hi o wanted to ask you i want to start intterval training but its real hard last time i did it my heart rate went to 200 BPM will i get heart problems?

Hi o wanted to ask you i want to start intterval training but its real hard last time i did it my heart rate went to 200 BPM will i get heart problems?

Unlikely: It is unlikely to develop heart problems from exercising. A standard maximum heart rate can be roughly estimated by the formula 220-(age). In you case, your maximum heart rate would be 220-22=198. If you start to feel dizzy or lightened while you exercise, you should slow down. Also, if your heart rate doesn't slow down when you stop exercising, you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is an elevated heart rate alone not always a valid indicator of effective aerobic-training?

Why is an elevated heart rate alone not always a valid indicator of effective aerobic-training?

Poor indicator: We use target heart rate as guideline to tailor aerobic training and calculating of energy utilization. Elevated heart rate is a poor indicator of effective aerobic training as many variable affects hr, including deconditioning, anemia, pain, euphoria, drugs, dehydration. How slowly the heart rate ramps up during aerobic exercise and how rapidly it declines to baseline are better predictor. ...Read more

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I'm pretty athletic, I love walking & strength training. For a long time now my resting heart rate is 48. Should I be worried?

I'm pretty athletic, I love walking & strength training. For a long time now my resting heart rate is 48. Should I be worried?

No: If you are asymptomatic and have no history of heart disease, you do not need to worry about a low heart rate - in general. I say this because certainly if it was in the 20s or 30s, it would be concerning. But it is not uncommon for young, athletic individuals to have asymptomatic low heart rates. ...Read more

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My current resting heart rate is 60 bpm, but I want to lower that to about 50 bpm, or lower if possible. I'm a soccer player and I do plyometric training 4 times a week, and weight lifting 4 times a week and also yoga once a week and some stretching on Su

My current resting heart rate is 60 bpm, but I want to lower that to about 50 bpm, or lower if possible. I'm a soccer player and I do plyometric training 4 times a week, and weight lifting 4 times a week and also yoga once a week and some stretching on Su

Reason?: Is there a particular reason to want to lower your heart rate? 60 bpm in athlete is perfectly fine and normal. There is no physiological reason( that I am aware of) why you would want it lower than that. Too low of a heart rate is not good either since it would not allow adequate blood flow to your body. If it goes down to the 50's it's ok under your circumstances but not too low. ...Read more