Morning! I stayed up very late last night cleaning, but now 1 out of 3 closets are organized. I threw away so much junk. Apparently, the Husband has kept every single empty box of every single piece of electronics we have bought since moving 1.5 year ago. Hmmm…. 🙂
I stayed up late enough to need a nighttime snack while watching The Office ("Hilary Swank, hot or not?") and Grey’s. These strawberries were covered in the Peju Chardonnay Caramel Sauce.
I’ve been staying up so late and sleeping too late. I really need to get back on a normal schedule!
The thought of oatmeal was enough to get my booty out of bed.
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 sliced banana
- Toppings: cashews, raisins, almonds, and granola
My Beating Heart
A reader named Beth e-mailed me yesterday about heart rate. She said, "I find that even though I have been running for a long time – have completed 3 half marathons, among other races – I ALWAYS have a super high heart rate when running. Even when I’m running slow, and it feels effortless, my heart rate is in the 165 – 175 range (which is close to my supposed max of 190, being that I’m 30.)"
I’m the same way — based on my heart rate monitor, my average heart rate is usually 160 – 170 during a run, with a maximum of about 195. My resting heart rate is higher than normal, too — around 80. My blood pressure is normal (120/65).
According to this table, the heart rate for a 25-year old (like me) should be 98 to 166 bpm for the "Target HR Zone" of 50-85% of my maximum, which is 195 bpm.
When Beth says "supposed max," she’s referring to the American Heart Association’s rule that your maximum heart rate is 220 – your age.
However, this rule is not true for all people. The American Heart Association does note on their website, "The figures above are averages, so use them as general guidelines." Plus, your "maximum heart rate" can vary according to what type of exercise you are engaging in. According to this article, swimmers have lower heart rates when they swim than runners when they run. The reason is that during running, your heart has to push blood against gravity to bring it to your head. During swimming, your heart does not have to exert that extra force.
Some personal trainers and doctors think watching your heart rate during exercise (through a heart rate monitor) is helpful and it helps you train harder. As quoted in this NY Times article, some medical professionals, like Kevin Hanson (coach to Brian Sell, who just made the United States Olympic men’s marathon team) advise against monitoring your heart rate. First of all, he says the classic formula for determining your maximum rate (220 minus your age) is notoriously inaccurate. And glancing at your heart-rate monitor all the time can hinder your training, he cautioned.
Do you monitor your heart rate during exercise? Why? What’s your typical resting heart rate, exercise average, and exercise maximum? If you do measure your heart rate, has it gotten lower the fitter you’ve become (this has not been true for me)?
Do any nurses or other professionals have any medical input on the great heart rate debate?