Is this good exertion or bad exertion - heart rate question
October 23, 2011 5:49 PM Subscribe
How much I should be concerned about high heart rates while running? Question about exercise and heart rates.
posted by jessamyn to Health & Fitness (30 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've been a fitness swimmer for 5-6 years [swimming a mile or two a week, nothing too strenuous] and over the last year or two I've started doing a little bit of running [running a mile or two] and rowing machine workouts to mix it up a little. This has been going fine. However when I'm on the treadmill which has the little grippy things that take your pulse, my pulse is frequently up in the high 180 range. This seems high to me and I'm wondering if that's worth getting checked out, or within normal tolerances? I don't otherwise feel bad, just tired afterwards at a normal level.
Usually when I'm swimming my pulse is around 140 and when cycling it's between 140-160. My resting pulse is high, between 76-80 most of the time. I have low blood pressure [100/60-ish]. I'm 43. I have occasional exertional asthma and I have a rescue inhaler in case I have problems. This pulse rate thing has been true for the past year or so, so getting better at running and in better shape doesn't seem to be changing anything.
There is a history of heart disease on my dad's side of the family, I've always checked out fine. I'm not trying to lose weight actively with exercise, just stay fit and keep my cholesterol reasonable. I live in a rural community where going to the doctor if there's nothing actively wrong would be a little weird but I'd do it if it was important. I've read some of the information on heart rate stuff and I get that 180+ is closer to my maximum than a good training rate but I'm not sure what, if anything I should do about this other than stop running.
If someone could suggest some good links to read up on this or just outline it in an easy-to-understand way or give me some advice, I'd appreciate it. Run differently? Go to the doc? Keep on keeping on? Thank you.