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Scary or normal? The eternal question

For the past few months, I've found it very hard to run. Slowing down (a lot) helped the problem out but it still pops up occasionally. Lately I've been wondering if it's my heart. And yes, I want you to listen to a long recitation of my symptoms and problems. [more inside]
posted by Lizlemondrop on Jun 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Heart Rate Monitoring on the Cheap

Dear Hive Mind, My friend (a graduate student in psychology) wants to collect physiological measures for her dissertation. However, she doesn't have much money with which to do so. What is the cheapest way for her to accurately record the heart rate of some undergraduates? How much more will it cost her to be able to export the data to a computer? Thanks 10^6, zscore
posted by zscore on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Is this a thing, or am I just being pointlessly obsessional?

I don't seem to have a single "resting heart rate" - it keeps changing each time I try to measure it! Is this more-likely-than-not bad, or a crapshoot, or...? And, more to the point, does it have a name? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Aug 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Which personal fitness gizmo do I want?

Which personal fitness gizmo do I want? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Nov 29, 2012 - 16 answers

How does this chest strap heart rate monitor thing work?

Are chest straps that come with heart rate monitor watches interoperable with other devices / a different brand of watch? What wireless technology is allowing the chest strap part to communicate with the wristwatch part? [more inside]
posted by vcnt on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Low heart rate: how much to worry and what to do?

I went to see the doctor this morning about some stomach pain I thought might be an ulcer. When the nurse checked my heart rate, it was 48 bpm. Neither the nurse nor my doctor (who knows my med history) said anything about this. I wasn't concerned until I googled it when I got home, and now I'm having a lot of anxiety about it. Called my doctor and he said that a one time reading of 48 with no other symptoms is not troubling. Nurse said I should check my pulse tomorrow and if it's still in the 40s, call them. How much should I be freaking out right now? [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on May 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Is this good exertion or bad exertion - heart rate question

How much I should be concerned about high heart rates while running? Question about exercise and heart rates. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Oct 23, 2011 - 30 answers

Cycle computer for a nerd?

Fat nerd gets mountain bike. Fat nerd wants to nerd out with his derp out by having the nerdiest cycle computer on the block, but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jun 4, 2011 - 14 answers

How to reduce cardio effects of caffeine?

Is there a way to help reduce my heart rate after it gets all ramped up from drinking caffeine? Lately I've noticed that whenever I drink even a small cup of black tea my heart starts to beat rapidly a few hours later and I feel a lot of pressure in my chest, like my heart is trying to beat faster but there's a rubber band around it. The sensation is similar to panic or running, but I don't feel panicky in my head. Aside from obviously avoiding caffeine, will doing something like drinking tons of water help calm me down faster than just waiting it out?
posted by ShadePlant on Jan 27, 2011 - 15 answers

What heart rate monitor works with Precor, Nike and Suunto systems?

Are there differences between heart rate monitors (is there a "universal" protocol they all use?)? I want to buy a heart-rate monitor but I see three difference places that I want it to be compatible: with the Nike+ system, with the treadmills and other ("Polar-compatible") cardio equipment at the gym, and with the Suunto technology that Crunch gym uses for its "Red-line" rides. [more inside]
posted by pnoeric on Aug 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Why is pulse taken at neck or wrist instead of the heart?

Why do we typically take our pulses at the neck or wrist as opposed to the chest or side right at the heart? At least from my n = 1 self-observations, it's both an order of magnitude stronger and easier to find if you just stick your hand on your chest and count off that instead of trying to find the right spot on the neck or wrist. [more inside]
posted by floam on May 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Pulse + distance watch

Heart rate monitor + distance counter? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Exercising on Concerta

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. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Heart Rate Monitors and Calculating Calories

I've been working hard on my eating habits in order to lose weight; now I need to start exercising. What's the best way to calculate how many calories I'm burning when I do cardio? [more inside]
posted by Aleen on Feb 19, 2010 - 14 answers

I need a simple heart rate monitor

I have a Garmin Forerunner 305, but I'm looking for a second, fairly simple heart rate monitor with a few specific features. [more inside]
posted by peep on Feb 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Heart Rate Monitor

What is the best heart rate monitor for my needs? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Dec 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me introduce some variety into my at-home cardio

I’m looking for some more simple cardio exercises, like burpees and stepping, that will raise my heart rate but can be done in a small space, with minimal impact on my knees. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Sep 18, 2009 - 13 answers

My heart muscle is worrying me!

ExerciseFilter: I've been doing the gym thing at least 3x per week for about 3 or 4 months now. Strength training and cardio mix. About 6 weeks ago, I started Trileptal as a mood stabilizer (I am not epilectic). I am on no other meds. It's the type of drug where you ramp up your dosage over a period of time. In the last two weeks, my low THR feels like my heart is pounding as if I'd just been in car accident. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Feb 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Heartrate monitor for computer?

I'm looking USB heartrate monitor [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Feb 2, 2009 - 3 answers

Is this what it feels like to be unfit?

My recovery time for my pulse rate is unusually long, but I haven't exercise since mid last year. Am I just unfit or what? [more inside]
posted by BAKERSFIELD! on Nov 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Lose weight now! Ask me hOH MY GOD

How does heart rate correlate to calories burned, and can I lose weight by just being incredibly nervous? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Sep 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Why does my heart race and my blood pound when I wake up from a nap?

Why does my heart race and my blood pound when I wake up from a nap? [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Jun 16, 2008 - 16 answers

How accurate are gym equipment calorie burn measures?

How does my excersise bike calculate calories based on weight, and how accurate is it? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jun 9, 2008 - 14 answers

Looking for a device to trigger software off my pulse

Following up on my previous question, I'm looking for a good way to have someone's heartbeat trigger software on a PC. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Apr 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Exercise, heart rate, & calories burned

Questions about exercise, heart rate, and estimating calories burned. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2007 - 6 answers

What is my heart up to?

Can anyone explain what happens to my heart rate when I visit the facilities? [more inside]
posted by talitha on Sep 25, 2006 - 5 answers

Low heart rate - uses and origin?

A recent medical exam showed that I have bradycardia - an abnormally low resting heart rate (32-34bpm). Does this mean I'm physiologically suited to endurance sports? [more inside]
posted by spiff101 on Jul 11, 2006 - 16 answers

Lets slow everything down...

Legend has it Navy SEALs (among others, certainly) can slow their heart rate and breathing down to almost nil. So could Michael Valentine Smith, for what its worth. Practically, to what degree is this possible, and how does one go about beginning to control ones breathing/heart/body in general more precisely?
posted by devilsbrigade on May 6, 2006 - 17 answers

How do heart rate monitors estimate calories burned?

How do heart rate monitors estimate how many calories you burn while exercising? [more inside]
posted by betterton on Feb 26, 2006 - 2 answers

Heart-rate monitor attached to treadmill

Yesterday on "CBS Sunday Morning," a correspondent chronicled his attempt to lose weight. I'm trying to identify one of the machines that his personal trainer used to evaluate his progress. [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder on Jan 9, 2006 - 12 answers

Should I sit or should I bend?

I have a mountain bike on a resistance roller that I use to workout, and I also use a heart rate monitor to keep my heart rate at 145. If I workout in a cycling position with my hands on the handlebars, it takes much more effort to maintain 145 than if I sit upright with my hands by my side. Why is this, and does this mean my upright workout is less effective than my bent over one, even though I'm maintaining the same heart rate?
posted by forallmankind on Mar 25, 2005 - 13 answers

Recommendations on a heart rate monitor?

Recommendations on a heart rate monitor? I'm 27 and I go to the gym four to five days a week with a ratio of about 80% weight training (3-4 days) and 20% cardio (1-2 days). I'd like to do more interval training to lower my percentage body fat and many of the online resources describe this in terms of heart rate. Not knowing a thing about heart rate monitors, I thought I'd ask here. [more inside]
posted by Handcoding on Mar 2, 2005 - 11 answers

Target Heart Rates

Target Heart Rate. What damage are you doing, if any, by working out above your so-called Target Heart Rate? [mi] [more inside]
posted by Lola_G on Jan 20, 2005 - 16 answers

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