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Heart rate

I wore my heart rate monitor today for the very first time . I have the Garmin 35 and use my strap with it . It's saying average rate was 163 and max 188 is this too high ? I ran for 31 mins average pace 11.43 min mile . I wasn't gasping for breath and my breathing had a steady rhythm and I could speak . Oh and I'm 59 . I'm going to have to get my head around understanding all this stuff but just thought I'd ask on here .

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If you weren't out of breath, had a steady breathing rhythm and could speak you sound pretty much spot on.

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It is recommended that you exercise within 55 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate for at least 20 to 30 minutes to get the best results from aerobic exercise. The MHR (roughly calculated as 220 minus your age) is the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical activity.

I usually go with the way rig said..

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I've seen others ask the same sort of question on this forum. I get similar heart rate figures, and am 56. Using the 220 - minus your age I guess I should have imploded by now. It hasn't happened yet ... I'm still hoping Rignold is correct :D

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Ha ha I'm sure he is . I'm not gasping and can speak ,so that's good enough for me .

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Rockette by name....

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There have been a few posts recently with a lot of detail on this subject if you do a search. 220 minus age is a very blunt tool.

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If you feel okay, just carry on.

You could always frighten your GP with your stats next time you see them.

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