Hi, again. I have managed to get my home Cardio Rehab going and a routine that works except maybe it doesn't. It's 10 weeks since my quadruple heart bypass and for several weeks now I have been doing Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home for a Healthy Heart in the morning and then walking around the woodland walkway (1km) near my house in the afternoon. As time has gone on I have increased the pace and in the last week or so the distance (2-2.5km) always observing what the physio told me about aiming for 13 on the Borg scale. But as a result I am not exercising in my target range which I was told should be 103-118bpm (based on an ECG score?).
My Apple watch is recording everything and I have been unable to get out of the 80's and then I made it into the 90's. Adding a 1kg weight to the morning exercise took me into the late 90's and sometimes as high as 105bpm. Walking outside there is a stretch with a slight incline and if I walking fast I can get to 100-103pm for all of 100m. I have tried pushing myself to get my heart rate up but then I often feel unwell later in the day and once or twice felt fatigued and unwell the following day. I can feel it in my chest too. Is this OK and why can't I get my heart rate up the target? I was told it didn't matter and to focus on Borg scale but lots of people seem to be exercising at a higher bpm.