Post # 1
So, I have never been much of a runner. I was a dancer in high school, and since college have been light to moderately active (hiking, walks, home workouts).
Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of Jillian Michaels workouts (30 day shred, cardio blast, yoga meltdown, etc.). I’ve noticed my strength and endurance improve, and I can finish the hour long workout without feeling wiped out afterward now.
FI has recently started running again, and I went to run with him at the gym. I set the pace for a 15 minute mile and hit the “cardio” workout button. I was feeling great at that pace, and even increased the speed a little, but the machine kept trying to slow me down because my HR went above 155.
At 150-160, I was still able to carry on a conversation with FI, was not struggling to breathe, and felt the workout was moderate. I was only at a slow-ish running pace, IMO.
Is it normal for a small person (I’m 4’11” and 119 llbs) to have a higher heart rate when running? I am not a runner, but def. not out of shape, and I did not feel I was even pushing myself. I also tend to have a high-ish resting heart rate (even in high school, when I was dancing 6 days a week) – it is usually 70-80.
I know the HR monitors are not always accurate, but every time I have used one, I always get high results. Should I be worried?
Post # 3
I wouldnt worry about.
Not only are those machines often inaccurate, people vary. It may be you actually are at that heart rate and have a msximum heart rate higher than most. My mom is like that. Or, possibly more likely, is it is not accurate
Dont use the heart rate mode and ignore the machine.
Post # 4
@ThreeMeers: +1 and even if your HR were over 150 there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as you feel OK, keep it up!
Post # 5
I am 31, and my heart rate while working out is supposed to be at like…120. It’s usually at 180 or so. So yeah…I don’t think it matters. As long as your doctor says you’re healthy, I think it’s fine.
Post # 6
@MsBlackberry: mine is always way high too… but i don’t worry about it. you’re probably burning more calories!
Post # 7
@peachacid: I’m the same way. My heart rate can easily get up to 170-180 when running/working out. But I feel perfectly fine and it quickly settles back to my resting heart rate when I’m done (a sign of good physical fitness). It’s always been this way and no one has ever seemed worried about it.
Post # 8
Mine sometimes goes too high (185), which is annoying ’cause I can get light headed from it. As long as you’re feeling good and not light headed or struggling to breathe, I think it’s fine. Maybe just don’t do the cardio workouts on the machines so you don’t have to deal with it trying to slow you down?
Post # 9
Omg my HR while running is like 180+ lol. It’s mostly based on age fwiw.