Target Heart Rate Confusion
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|Sat, 01-17-2009 - 1:31pm|
I just joined a gym because my doctor recommended cardio training for high blood pressure and tachycardia. I am 34, extremely out of shape, 50-60 lbs overweight, etc. I am taking a beta blocker (atenolol/tenormin) for the tachycardia and blood pressure and it's all under control. My BP is now normal and heart beat is around 60-70 when resting.
My question is what to use as my target heart rate while at the gym. Due to the meds, I cannot get it above 126 even when I am working hard and out of breath. A trainer at the gym told me not to go above 150, but to aim for 140. I wish! I'd have to kill myself (when not on meds) working out to get it that high. Trainer doesn't know this because when I worked out initially with him I forgot to take the meds that day and the heart rate was high. Also, I don't think he cares - he's young and a bit disinterested, if you know what I mean.
(When not taking meds, I could walk leisurely and get up to 150!).
Thing is, I need to lose weight to help with the BP, etc. Can I still do it when I am not at the 150 rate? I mean, I am breaking a sweat and pushing myself. The HR numbers just can't increase because of the medication.
Thanks in advance (I'm also going to ask my doctor, but cannot get an appointment for a while).