Since losing quite a bit of weight I have really tried to focus on increasing my fitness and this includes running 5K. I enjoy this and love to compete with myself, who doesn't? Anyway, on Tuesday the treadmill machine I was using kept popping a message up almost every minute from when I started till I finished with a message telling me my heart rate was too high (over 200bpm). I laughed about it in my original post in this week's 'Tortoise and Hare Club for w/c 20th Feb 2017' and just assumed it was a dodgy machine because I've never really had that problem on any of the other equipment before.
Today I went back and used a different treadmill and although it did come up with the warning, it didn't come up as often. Great, I thought, and went on and I must say I felt fine - I beat my personal best and to be honest, although I was tired, red faced and sweaty after I felt good, better even ! However, every machine I have used today has come up with the same warning...I mean every darn machine I used....the bike, the treadmill, the cross trainer and the arm cycling...this is starting to scare me now because although I was tired (which is normal, I did a big work out) I didn't feel ill or especially tired...I was even chatting to someone when I was on the bike so I couldn't of been that stressed and I was going at a decent speed and distance! But this scares me because my grandfather and father have all suffered heart attacks, my grandfather died young because of them. That was why I wanted to lose weight and get fit in the first place and I am now almost at that 'healthy BMI' the NHS is always going on about...I can run 5Ks and feel GREAT! Why then is my heart beating so much? Apparently my heart shouldn't even be getting to 180/190 max, even when working out but according to the machines my heart was going well over 200bpm even on the most sedately exercise machines. I'm 30 years old, very close to a healthy weight and although I exercise I would actually argue that I haven't done too much, I feel great after! I looked it up on 'Google' (very bad idea) apparently when my heart rate got to 200 I should have stopped and sough medical attention immediately!! Like, wth - are they serious???
I should state that my heart rate, according to the machines anyway, were about 210 - 220 bpm. That's apparently a big red flag because why would my heart rate rise that much that quickly? I don't feel like what I'm doing matches up with that...I mean if I can do exercise and STILL hold a perfectly normal conversation with the people around me surely my heart can't be going at that rate??
Sorry for the long post but it's sort of playing on my mind and I don't want this to stop me getting even better because I feel great at the moment, I'm running quicker for longer quite easily considering what I was capable of a few months ago. Surely if my heart was under so much pressure I would KNOW? I have gone to the Dr about my heart before after learning about my father's family history regarding heart problems. They just listened to it for about a minute and said I was 'fine' and they check my oxygen levels in my blood and they said they were perfect! Granted that was a few months back but why would anything change, I'm a lot lighter and more fit than I have been in years!!