Is 175 Too High for a 32-Year-Old?

Alright healthy people of the world, I have a question. You see, I run. And I have started to run more as I recently gained some of the weight I lost back. My question is this: Why does my heart rate go from a normal 110 to a whopping 175 while running? It doesn’t take long either. I don’t overdo it with speed. I merely run at a normal pace.

I was told that I should keep my heart rate at around 151 given my age and all. I wish this were possible and I’m starting to believe that there might be something wrong with me. Any or all information about a heart rate and exercise is greatly appreciated. I’m trying to decide if this will change in time or if I should see a doctor.

Oh, and if you have any questions I might be able to answer, feel free to ask them. But if it’s about penguins, I’m not your gal.

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  1. Please note: When I’m riding the bike my heart rate is usually around 159-165. Jogging pushes it up into the high sixties or low 70s. Also, I usually look like a steamed beet during a workout.

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  2. i’ll ask my dad/doc.

    i also look like a beet when i run, or anything very exercisey. sucks to be pale and irish-ish

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  3. mia, thanks. Yeah, any information would be fabulous. Really. :] I guess I could ask doctors here at work, too. Hmmmmm hadn’t thought about that.

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  4. Your primary care doc is a cardio-respiratory specialist. I think asking him is gonna be more fruitful than anything else.

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  5. Yes, but heart doctors on premises and those related to friends grant instant gratification.

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  6. But zero liability when you pop a main line to your bizarre little brain and fall over on the nearest sweaty dude (and poop your pants!)

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  7. Miss Poopie Licklesworth.

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  8. I know about where you live, Kosta. Me and a couple of passive hungry penguins are gonna come up there and watch you beat the living shit out of us.

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  9. I’m with tj…go talk to a professional if you’re concerned.

    that said, I’ve got a couple-few years on you and my heart rate is regularly higher than that (and higher than the generic 220 – your age max formula) when I work out….that is, of course, intentional.

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  10. I can offer little or no guidance on “normal” levels. However, from my recent experience, my heart rate is in the same range as yours (170-185) when I jog and I’m 28 years old.

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  11. whatever it takes to get you fools to come visit again.

    and, i feel you on the red-faced wonders of exercise, though i can’t tell if i’m fair-skinned or if my monitor just isn’t bright enough to tan my face. LOL.

    and girl, you know i wouldn’t beat you or no penguins’ asses. one love. peace in the middle west.

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  12. See, I think I’m totally fine. Just because it SAYS that I am supposed to be at 151, that doesn’t mean It’s right, right?

    I think I will see a doctor. But in the meantime, I don’t think I’ll give up running. Quite frankly, I like it too much.

    Erica, thanks for the information.

    I’m confused, calvo, does 220 represent some other scale?

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  13. there’s a generic forumula for figuring out your max heart rate, which is 220 (beats per minute) minus your age.

    so that way, if you want to do your cardio work at 60% intensity, you’d take 60% of (220 – 32), which equals 156.

    the simple fact that this lumps age groups together regardless of fitness level…is a good indicator that it’s nothing more than a very broad estimate.

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  14. I’ll pay you if you become my personal trainer. But you’ll have to move to NYC. Pack it up, Calvo. I need assistance pronto.

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  15. wait…my math’s wrong, but the idea’s right (stupid liberal arts degree ;)

    80% intensity with that formula would be 150.4

    duh.

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  16. whew…I hate nyc. ;P

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  17. you’re rehired. I like Liberal Arts majors.

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  18. I think Toby is right (my parents were out all day, sorry love). You should go see your main doc and they can do a stress test on you where they hook you up to the sensors and have you do stuff.

    Any little tidbit of info is not likely to be truly helpful, and either way it would only make sense to follow up with a proper appointment.

    I hate people asking me if I have a sunburn after I work out. It can’t possibly be the monitor! oh calvo can teach a class. I just bought a thicker mat!

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