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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question about heart rate

I bought a recumbent bike (stationary) and I really like it. It says I need to get my heart rate up around 135 to burn fat. I have always had an issue doing this. I simply can't get my heart to beat that fast. I'm gasping for air and feel like my chest is about to explode at 99.

My resting heart rate right now is 61, if that means anything.

I have allergies which sometimes cause breathing issues and a hiatal hernia which could be causing the pressure.

Will it just take more time to get my heart rate up? Is it really not doing ANYTHING beneficial working out in the 90s as every infomercial is telling me?

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Just keep working at it. It will take awhile, especially if you haven't been working out in awhile. Also-keep the tension as loose as you can and that will also help.
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It's too bad you and I cant' split. Also, the if you're using a device on the bike, they are notoriously wrong, so Id' try something else.


My rate is always way high, my trainer basically told me to work and feel it but not feel sick and I'm fine.
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Different people have different maximum heart rates. Yours might be on the lower side of average, making it tough to push your heart rate up to where the bike programming thinks it should be. Formulas don't work for everyone. The monitor on the bike might not be accurate either.

When I was running 25+ miles per week, my resting heart rate while lying in bed at night was in the low 40s. Then I got pregnant and very quickly my resting heart rate jumped up to 70ish. It was difficult to sleep at night because when I was still and quiet, all I could feel was my heart that felt like it was racing. I got used to it after a couple of months.
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Different people have different maximum heart rates. Yours might be on the lower side of average, making it tough to push your heart rate up to where the bike programming thinks it should be. Formulas don't work for everyone. The monitor on the bike might not be accurate either.

When I was running 25+ miles per week, my resting heart rate while lying in bed at night was in the low 40s. Then I got pregnant and very quickly my resting heart rate jumped up to 70ish. It was difficult to sleep at night because when I was still and quiet, all I could feel was my heart that felt like it was racing. I got used to it after a couple of months.
This is true - here is a better gauge for estimating your heart rate, based on your RHR and your age-adjusted MHR. You can also find other VO2Max calculators that add another layer of complexity onto the calculation:

http://www.calculatenow.biz/sport/he...te+Zones#zones

make sure you scroll down to the 2nd calculator on the page to get your more personalized range. My RHR is really low, so the generic values on heart rate charts don't apply to me at all. I don't have to get my heart rate up nearly as high as "they" tell me to do. Click here to enlarge
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Thanks for the calculator it turns out I am right about where it says I should be. My resting rate is high and I get up to around 170 while I work out and according to that it's perfect Click here to enlarge.

My dh has the same issue as you all, when he's really working out his resting rate is like 45.
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Different people have different maximum heart rates. Yours might be on the lower side of average, making it tough to push your heart rate up to where the bike programming thinks it should be. Formulas don't work for everyone. The monitor on the bike might not be accurate either.

When I was running 25+ miles per week, my resting heart rate while lying in bed at night was in the low 40s. Then I got pregnant and very quickly my resting heart rate jumped up to 70ish. It was difficult to sleep at night because when I was still and quiet, all I could feel was my heart that felt like it was racing. I got used to it after a couple of months.
If I ran 25+ miles a week I'm pretty sure my resting heart rate would be 0 — and permanent!

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my heart rate goes up to 180 when i run on the treadmill. it kind of freaks me out.
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