Exercising on Concerta
March 25, 2010 11:49 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for advice on how to exercise effectively but safely on ADHD medication. My heart rate has been jumping up to about 170 (90% of the heart rate zone for a 40 year old woman) with moderate exertion, but if I lower it, I don't feel like I'm getting much of a workout. I'd like to find a solution that would let me remain focused and still alive.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been taking Concerta about 3 times a week and usually exercising on alternate days, because I've noticed that Concerta does raise my heart rate a bit. My schedule has changed now so that the days I need to focus are the days that I can exercise. When I went to spin class this morning, I quickly got my heart rate up to 165 and had a hard time getting it lower, even though I wasn't feeling that winded. I can't imagine I got much out of the class besides an angrily beeping heart rate monitor.
Yes, I am going to talk to my doctor, but I wanted to hear from anyone who has managed to combine effective exercise with ADHD meds? Both of them are necessary for my sanity, but I don't want to work myself into a heart attack. Especially not in spin class - that would be tacky.