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    If my resting heart rate in low, around 55 or so and when I exercise I don't feel like i am 'working hard' until it reaches over 160- which is well over my 'cardio zone', if I don't feel like i am working hard at say 155 does that count as 'move slowly'?

    I am 33 so the machines, like the elliptical, 'yell' at me when my HR is over 155 or so, but when I do my HIIT I get my HR up to 185+ and feel like i am working, but not about to die.

    I suppose I should do a step test? Or just not worry about it and stop if I feel ill?

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    Nutmeg,

    IMO, You have an exceptional cardiovascualr system with such a low resting HR. I'm sure you also have VERY GOOD blood pressure readings, as a result. May I ask what your BP readings are like? Whatever you are doing, the results are phenomenal.

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    Don't let those machines bully you!

    I posted a blog about finding your target heart rate a few months back. Perhaps you'll find it helpful.
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    My BP ranges from 90/50 to 115/70 or so. The only time it is higher is during pregnancy, where it has reached 139/80-something.
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    Yeah, I told them I was having high BP and tey said it wasn't because it was not 140/90. But, the spots in my eyes and headache weer pretty bad. I guess that is another story thoguh...lol. If I do happen to have another pregnancy I will purchase a home unit that I can use myself because I sometimes wonder if my sonwould have lived if I had one, I had a massive headache about a week before we found he was stillborn. Even though my BP was fairly normal at my routine appts, that week I think it was elevated

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    Thanks to a lot of meditation and free diving,my resting heart rate has been in mid 50's to mid 60's just about forever. Still I have hypertension. I have been told that my blood pressure could be normalized if I had a kidney removed. Not any kidney---the one that was beat and untreated for a while while in an exotic land at my government's request. That kidney is shaped like a heavy metal guitar. I enjoy people's reactions when they see MRIs or Xrays. I intend to keep it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NutMeg View Post
    If my resting heart rate in low, around 55 or so and when I exercise I don't feel like i am 'working hard' until it reaches over 160- which is well over my 'cardio zone', if I don't feel like i am working hard at say 155 does that count as 'move slowly'?

    I am 33 so the machines, like the elliptical, 'yell' at me when my HR is over 155 or so, but when I do my HIIT I get my HR up to 185+ and feel like i am working, but not about to die.

    I suppose I should do a step test? Or just not worry about it and stop if I feel ill?
    My resting heart rate is 48 yet my BP is always above 140 systolic (at docs surgery) i run up steep ,mile long hills and can't get my rate over 160.
    I believe your final line is about right,don't worry,be happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NutMeg View Post
    If my resting heart rate in low, around 55 or so and when I exercise I don't feel like i am 'working hard' until it reaches over 160- which is well over my 'cardio zone', if I don't feel like i am working hard at say 155 does that count as 'move slowly'?

    I am 33 so the machines, like the elliptical, 'yell' at me when my HR is over 155 or so, but when I do my HIIT I get my HR up to 185+ and feel like i am working, but not about to die.

    I suppose I should do a step test? Or just not worry about it and stop if I feel ill?
    RHR 55...?! You're fit, lass! Last time I measured mine it was 72! I have to say that I've been told that the monitors on gym equipment aren't that accurate (which was the reason I got a HRM - but it's a bugger to use, this one - how I miss my old Polar! NEVER buy SUUNTO, folks!)
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    I use a Polar HRM, I had to have one when I was on teh fitness program. It conencts with the machines

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    Quote Originally Posted by NutMeg View Post
    I use a Polar HRM, I had to have one when I was on teh fitness program. It conencts with the machines

    I'm toying with the idea of saving up for another Polar - this SUUNTO does all sorts of funky things I don't understand (like the neverending timer which can only be stopped if you remove the sodding battery!). The manual also suffers from what I term 'Oriental VCR Manual Syndrome' - which helps no end, I don't think!

    What's the model number of your Polar? The one I lost was an F11, IIRC (it was 'sugar pink' (I'd wanted a green one, but had to settle for the pink because it was a third cheaper!))

    The reason I went for the SUUNTO was because it had all these add ons for various activities but, when it started being funky, I learnt that I'd have to call Finland!! Polar does, at least, have an office in the UK.
    La tristesse durera toujours...

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    Do the machines display some kind exercise level? Power (in watts) would be best, speed is ok for running, for cycling it's not because cycling machines don't have a linear speed to power mapping.

    If they do the easiest way to find the proper levels is this:
    -guess the highest setting you can do for 4 minutes
    -try doing it
    -adjust your guess based on your result
    -do your move slowly exercises at 50-70% of your adjusted 4 minute level

    That way you don't have to find out your maximum heartrate (which is unreliable and painful) and you might count your 4 minute test as a sprint excersice (though without the muscle training of a tabata sprint).

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