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Am I the only one here with a high resting heart rate?


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So I got my Polar F6 a week or so ago and I was surprised to learn my resting heart rate is around 90-95 every time I check it.  I have checked immediately upon waking in the morning and also in the evening after lounging around watching TV.   Several websites I have checked say adult females average around 75-80.

When I put the monitor on and start getting dressed to go run, it is already 100 by the time I'm out the door. 

Not to get into all the zone talk, etc., but after checking 5 websites I have come up with an average workout zone of 146-160 based on all my stats.  Doing 3 miles I am sometimes over 160 and my Polar tells me my average is around 155.

Anyway, my resting seems really high compared to all of you that I have seen post this info in threads.  I have read that if it is consistently over 100, one should have that checked so I am a little concerned.   Thoughts?

 

 

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That's really a question you should ask your doctor...  Just some words of advice.  When you take your resting heart rate, you should absolutely relax, breath deep, try to achieve almost a meditative stance.  If you get butterflys trying to take your resting HR, that will affect your result.

Everybodies HR is different.  This might be "normal" for you.

Keep checking ever two to three days for a couple of weeks and see if you get different results.

Incidently, my Zone 3 (aerobic zone) is squarely in your 3 miler, so I would consider "that" normal :-)

FYI:  After two years of endurance sports, my resting HR has dropped from 60 to 45...

When I was first monitoring my health my rhr was 101 -- I was also very out of shape a real couch potato- never walked and was also a smoker.  After starting a walking routine after a few months of losing weight and the walking daily my RHR went down.  If you do cardio workouts your heart will get more efficient and your RHR will probably improve. 

When I was doing some sort of cardio daily whether waking ,elliptical or step class my RHR got to be about 48 - I took some months off due to some personal issues and gained some weight and lost some of my cardiovascular fitness and my RHR jumped back up to about 78-88  Now that I'm back to working out again its getting to be about 58.


Also for cardiovascular health you need to work out at differnt levels.  I have a polar F11 that sets up "programs" to do it says how long to work in a zone each week/ workout etc...    If you are only working out in the fat burn zone then you really aren't improving the cardio health. 

 

Ah, I see what you are saying.  I usually end up in the cardio zone because its hard to work out in the fat burning zone.  I dont feel like I am getting a good workout if I have to force myself to slow down.  I like to push myself and see if I can run longer or faster, you know?

 

Hi, I had a high resting pulse rate all my life, even when I was "fit" as a young person.  I'm 39 and for the first time in my life I have a resting pulse rate in the 60's!!  I did cardio for a year.  At first, just walking raised my heart rate above the cardio zone.  Then the elliptical, now it takes jump rope and running up and down hills to raise it to the cardio zone! 

Try integrating sprints in your runs/jogs.  I did that until my knee blew out. 

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My resting heart rate was 95-100. My doctor noticed it, not me. When I did cardio my heart rate was really high, but I didnt feel sick or anything. He had me get alot of tests, but everything came back ok. They had me wear a monitor that tracked it with my blood pressure, my bp was normal, but the heart rate stayed high so they just put me on medication to lower it. I would say check with your doctor though just to be safe.

I was also dinking way to much caffeine, since cutting back, its went down alot!

I was told that you should check your resting pulse first thing when you wake up in the morning...even before you put your feet on the floor!  That is a more true reading of 'resting'.

~H~

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Yes, see a doctor.  My resting pulse was 122 and it turned out that I was terribly hyperthyroid with Graves disease and my heart was in atrial fibrillation.. for... well a long time, maybe years, and I didn't know it. 

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When I first started on a real exercise program a year and a half ago, my RHR was in the low 90s.  Now, its in the upper 50's-low 60s.  but if you have any concerns, definitely discuss it with a physician.  As mentioned in a few posts, there are endocrine (hormone) issues that can cause an increased hear rate. 

The key word here is "resting".  When you are running around, finding keys, getting dressed, etc., you are not resting. Your heart rate will typically get to between 80 and 100. 

The heart pumps blood that circulates oxygen and nutrients through out the body. How is your breathing? Are you a shallow breather, or do you typically take deep breathes? There are too many variables that affect the resting heart rate. You should check with your doctor to see his recommendations.

If your heart rate get high, try thinking about your breathing. Taking slow deep breathes, hold for a couple seconds, then let it out slowly. You will notice your body start to relax and the heart rate goes down. This even works when you are doing cardio exercises (if you are able to control your breathing then).

Have you by any chance been working out really hard?

I noticed that my heart rate at rest was sometimes in the 80s and 90s, and then I'd be in the middle of an activity that usually causes it to skyrocket like jumping jacks, and it would be in the 130s (normally over 152). It turns out that this is a sign of overtraining i.e. when your heart rate is high at rest and low during intense activities. I took a short break and noticed that it was going back to normal (was starting to see those 150s in jumping jacks again).

If its not medical, it may just be a sign that you've been pushing too hard and you may just need to make some adjustments to your exercise programme.

As a nurse I would definitely encourage you to call your doctor's office and ask them about your heart rate.  It may be that you have always had a higher RHR, but there are also some medical conditions that can cause that.  Ask to have the office nurse call you back and discuss it with you; she can check with your doctor and see if they want you to come in or if it's something that can be handled on your next routine visit. 

Also, try checking the heart rate when you wake up but before you get out of bed.  Sometimes the shock of the alarm going off or thinking about everything you need to get done before heading out the door, etc, will make your heart rate go up.  When you wake up turn off the alarm and lay quietly and take a few deep even breaths and when you feel calm check your heart rate. 

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The average heart rate is 75. Are you overweight? Being overweight can play a factor in a higher RHR, because the heart has to work extra hard to pump blood through a larger body. People who are fit tend to have a lower RHR because their heart is in good shape. Or it could be an underlying condition. Try taking your pulse before you get out of bed in the morning. If you don't see a difference, you should definitely see your doctor. Hopes this helps!

There are a few things to consider. Even a small amount of movement can elevate your heart rate, so if you get up out of bed and grab the monitor that could easily account for a slight elevation from the normal RHR range. Another problem I've had while using heart rate monitors is much like white coat syndrome for blood pressure. If I'm monitoring my heart rate, I inadvertently raise it simply by thinking about it. If you are fighting off an illness or experiencing stress that can also elevate your heartrate. I'm not familiar with this type of heart rate monitor, but if there is a way to record data, wear it overnight to determine your true resting heart rate. If it doesn't record, perhaps you could wear it at night on a weekend and check it immediately after waking naturally (as someone else mentioned, the  shock of the alarm clock will certainly elevate your heart rate).

If you are concerned or experience other symptoms, go in and have it checked out. At the very least you'll have some peace of mind.

Thanks everyone for your replies.  I took wesmckean's advice and checked it this weekend while almost in a trance.  I was relaxing by the pool, lying in the sun, practically comatose and  soooo relaxed.  The monitor at one point was 77 but seemed to hover around 80 pretty steadily in that situation, so maybe it's not really as high as I thought.

I am not terribly overweight but somewhat.  I've lost about 14 lbs with another 17 or so to go. 

I'll do a few more checks based on your recommendations and if its consistently high, I'll see the doc.  Thanks!

Just something no one else has mentioned yet.  I read this somewhere awhile back....a good measure of fitness is how quickly your heartrate drops under 100 after you finish your exercise.   So it's not just how high is it, but how quickly does it recover?

My RHR is in the mid-60s.  But I can be in the 90s and if I sit down and be still, it will drop into the 70s within a minute.  Some days, though, I am like you, nearly 100 by the time I get out the door.  I try not to read too much into that.  Asking your Dr is a good idea, if he gives you the go-ahead, try not to worry too much about it.  We stress too much over readouts from our assorted tech devices.  Given time and lots of exercise, your RHR should come down!  And that's what we're aiming for. 

Good luck!

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