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Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby brendan » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:13 pm

I was doing my exercise bike tonight. 30 minutes. It is one of those heavy duty bikes with programing, calorie counters and Heart Rate. For half of the ride my pulse was up over 180 and peaked at 202. Being warm and humid sweat was absolutely pouring off me, and the body probably was under stress, but I persevered and completed the 30 minutes. 15 minutes later and my pulse is still about 90-100. :oops:
I've been sipping water to rehydrate.

I was just wondering, does anyone know what dangerous levels are?
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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:00 pm

Mine will be at about 180 when I'm pushing hard, for me that's about 80-90% effort. At a normal pace on my bike that I can sustain a conversation with a bit of puffing, I'm at about 120. Resting is about 60 or 70 I think from memory. If I go flat chat 100% it's at 200 something, I don't really have time to be checking :lol: . And your HR will stay high for some time after exercise (that's one of the things that makes interval training really effective - while you're "resting" in the low intensity gaps, your heart is still doing the high intensity cardio)

If you have a HR monitor, the destructions should have a section telling you how to work out what your max heart rate should be for your age and gender etc. You're a 'little' older than me, so yours will be lower. OR check with your GP (really, at your age - sorry to be rude - you should probably be checking with your doc before embarking on this kind of weight loss jaunt anyway)

If you get chest pains or difficulty breathing beyond the normal puffed feeling STOP IMMEDIATELY and call an ambulance. No kidding. I don't care if it turns out to be heartburn. You don't mess with chest pains when you're exercising at that level at your age with a history of weight probs.
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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby brendan » Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:13 pm

Thanks for your bluntness, Tegan. You are right of course. I was pretty puffed, but no chest pain. It was strange feeling afterward the session, it was almost a feeling of the body burning energy in the stomach area - weird. I did see the doctor a week or so before embarking on this journey, BP, HR, Blood okay on all tests apart from slightly elevated blood sugar (6.2) Doctor was particularly surprised that my cholesterol was at the low end of the normal range. I was planning on going back in the new year to see if any improvement on the blood sugar situation.

Anyhow I'll try and keep the exercise a little less strenuous to be on the safe side. This morning I stayed 120-130 for most of the ride, and only did 25 minutes.

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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:21 am

Good to hear the cholesterol was at good levels!
It's good to push yourself occasionally, but don't overdo it or you can risk injury and all sorts of things.

BTW, bluntness is my forte :roll: Call a spade a spade I say!
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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby ally2010 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:48 pm

Brendan

Your heart rate goes hand in hand with ur fitness, if it was a new exercise in which u pushed yourself very hard then it is of course going to be quite high. You also need to think about whether the level was too high on the equipment for just starting out. Your heart rate was ok for the 25mins session you did.. Generally for weight loss you can get your heart rate up to about 80% of your maximum. In simple terms that can be 220 minus your age. So therefore if you are 22 like me, my max heart rate is 198. That is MAXIMUM, so it is best to work out 80% of that max and go for that. There are many equations to work out max heart rate, but that simple one is a good place to start.

I hope that makes sense.. If you are worried that it is too high then seeing a dr to clarify is a great idea.

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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby brendan » Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:44 pm

Thanks Ally

I'm 57 next month - so 220-57 = 163. 80% of that is 130 bpm

I think part of the problem was that it was quite a warm day, and I might have been getting some heat stress - sweating so much there was nearly a puddle on the floor :D
But I didn't have any chest pains.
I am trying more for duration than degree of difficulty, I try to incorporate some 'hills' into the bike session to give the muscles something to think about, and to stop me getting too bored.
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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:32 pm

brendan wrote: sweating so much there was nearly a puddle on the floor :D


:? :lol:

Yep, that's an exercise bike! If you can, get out on a real bike.... just for a change. Not as much sweat (because you have the breeze cooling you) and you get more variety i the workout because you're up and down and going round things and using your arms etc.... I may just be biased.... :roll:
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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby brendan » Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:23 am

Hi Tegan

I'd love to get out on real bike, but the last one I had (about 3 years ago) kept on getting punctures (I suspect as a result of my weight exerting too much pressure on the tyres :oops: )

Back in the olden days I used to ride to work and back, about 19 km each way, and that was me at about my fittest ... and I aim to be able to do that again :shock:

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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby lalalaaa » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:27 am

Hi Brendan,
With the max heart rate, there are quite a discrepency with the standard formula.
I asked a simliar question on a different forum and was told that it can vary up 20%.
To know if you are pushing yourself too hard, also look out for nausea and or feeling light-headed if you are pushing your heart rate up a lot. If you get either of these slow it down a little.
Dehydration will also send the pulse up, so keep hydrated.
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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby brendan » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:05 am

Thanks lalalaaa

I think dehydration might have been a factor, plus I was really pushing the body to my max. I'm going to go a bit easier on the bike, go more for duration. I have got up to the 40 minute mark now - fairly moderate pedaling with just a few spurts of a minute or so. Still sweat like a pig, but I guess that indicates that you are pushing the body enough.
I am walking instead of biking for the morning exercise session. This morning I managed a 30 minute walk, I hope to gradually increase that to 60minutes and maybe beyond that if my back holds up.
I'm not sure how reliable the heart rate monitor is on the bike, (I start at 72bpm which seems about right) I think it was reading fairly accurately, but at other times it is so obviously incorrect. It's a guide anyway :roll:

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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:20 am

Depending on your HR monitor, if you think it might be incorrect, check to see if you have any flashing LED lights around or any other equipment that might cause radio interference, for example large electromagnets, microwave, dimmer lights, any other wireless equipment, particularly older technologies... I once got a wireless speedo for my bike (similar technology for a HR monitor) having been assured that it had no interference or reliability issues. Got on, switched on my flashy lights and was instantly doing 60kph without moving anywhere (exchanged that one pretty quick)! The flashy light was creating radio interference which messed with the wireless signal. Same could be happening for the wireless signal from the chest strap of your HR monitor.

Other things to check are whether you have the chest strap, or wrist band (where ever the sensor is) sufficiently tight so it can "hear" your pulse.

The better the quality of the HR monitor, the more accurate of course.
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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby JP1 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:02 am

when it stops? :roll:

Sorry..
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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:14 am

JP1 wrote:when it stops? :roll:

Sorry..
:lol:


:lol: Yep, that would be a dead giveaway (<--- LAME joke)
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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby JP1 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:49 am

Butterfly_Dawn wrote:
JP1 wrote:when it stops? :roll:

Sorry..
:lol:


:lol: Yep, that would be a dead giveaway (<--- LAME joke)

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Re: Heart Rate - what are dangerous levels?

Postby brendan » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:43 pm

hi Tegan

The monitor is a grip style one on the handlebars, and is hard wired into the display.
The bike is a York Magnaforce 5000HRC, probably about 5 years old.

JP
When it stops? OMG I can't find my pulse ... oh, there it is ... whew!

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