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Postby shabbychic » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:46 am

I am wondering if someone can tell me if there is a limit to how high you should safely increase your heart rate. I mean, could it be dangerous if it went too high? When I was at the gym, mine went to 160 and I was a little afraid of maybe having a coronary arrest.
How do we measure a healthy heart rate both resting and when active? I think it goes by age/censored.
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Postby Dolly » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:58 am

Hi Shabbychic

This site shows the different heart rates, I presume the lower end of each scale would be for a female and the Average Maximum would be after exercise - http://www.americanheart.org/presenter. ... ifier=4736
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Postby Leishkin » Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:16 pm

A.J Rochester's 'the lazy girls guide to losing weight....' has a really good chart in it, and gives you the formula to work out what your optimum fat-burning heart rate is. if you haven't found the info you needed, I'm happy to scan it in for you :)
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Postby Garfield » Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:24 pm

Hmmm... Am I reading that site wrong? It says my target heart rate is about 100-150 beats per minute. When I'm doing cardio I usually try to keep it over 170 and often spend half and hour or more with my heart rate over 180... do you think that would be over exerting myself? Or maybe the machines at the gym are all slightly wonky in their measurements...
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Postby KimE » Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:06 pm

I'm with you Garfield. When on the cross trainer I am between 170 and 180 and keep it there for 20-30 mins depending on how much time I have. I sure know I have done a workout after that but I don't feel I am overdoing it. Mind you I have built up to this over time.
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Postby Garfield » Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:10 pm

I'm not the only one killing myself then lol.
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Postby KimE » Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:57 am

:lol: Not at all Garfield.

Those cross trainers are awesome machines you don't feel like you are doing as much as you are. I haven't found any other machine that does that.
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Postby kristina » Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:04 pm

Your heart rate max is meant to be 220 minus your age. But as you get fit, you are able to go past this.

Just work within what is comfortable
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Postby markymark » Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:38 am

When I jog/run, and I sprint the last hundred meters, my heart rate goes from 190 to around 205.

I am by no means an athelte, I still have fat around my tummy that I'm trying to lose but all i'm saying is that i've been past the 200's, and I haven't felt ill from it, so to answer your question, it *should* be okay, but like the previous poster said, it does depend on your age.

I guess a good yardstick is do what you're comfortable with, but then try and go over that by a bit.
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