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# Heart beat question

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

I'm 65 (march 16) and have a resting pulse of 60-70. I've been doing interval exercises power walking uphill, back down, about 8 times for the past 6 months or so.

Curious, I measured my pulse the other day for the first time with a watch with a second hand after the eighth walk. A bit inaccurate I reckon, but it's the best I can do.

Went fifteen seconds and counted 40 beats, which gives me a 160 per minute heart beat. using the formula of 220-65 I get 155. Good? Bad? Ugly?

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on March 16, 2011
at 12:33 PM

good to know. lol

(4329)

on March 15, 2011
at 09:37 AM

My doctor, who does swimming exercise, told me he is sure to never go above 120 beats per minute. Not to stress the heart.

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on March 13, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I'd say it means you've got the fitness level of a 60 year old... At least!

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on March 13, 2011
at 10:46 PM

You're in a good place assuming you don't feel any abnormal pain. The 220-age number has a margin of error of 10-15%, it is meant to roughly apply to most people. Also, there will be a small margin of error counting. I think walking up hill 8 times is fantastic for you.

(4329)

on March 15, 2011
at 09:37 AM

My doctor, who does swimming exercise, told me he is sure to never go above 120 beats per minute. Not to stress the heart.

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on March 13, 2011
at 11:48 PM

As aforementioned, the 220 minus your age formla doesn't apply to everyone. Your max heart rate is entirely hereditary (as far I know) and doesn't reflect performance. What does reflect performance is your heart rate percentage at a given output. In other words, if you were to keep track of your average pace and heart rate in a log book, you would notice that over time your pace would increase as you maintain the same heart rate percentage. If you have some extra dough to spend and want to measure your progress with more accuracy, get a heart rate monitor.

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on March 15, 2011
at 05:04 PM

I regularly exceed my max heart rate according to various formula. Usually from sprinting. Up stairs.

I ain't dead yet.

-- Granny Weatherwax

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on March 16, 2011
at 12:33 PM

good to know. lol

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on March 16, 2011
at 07:16 AM

Yeah, I knew he was spouting some ancient dogma when he said it, but I let it pass.

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on March 15, 2011
at 09:38 AM

My doctor, who does swimming exercise, told me he is sure to never go above 120 beats per minute. Not to stress the heart.