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What Is Your Resting Heart Rate?

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My resting HR used to be in the 90-100's UNTIL I began earnestly exercising. It's now around 65 BPM. My disease process was at it's worst when my HR was highest- so exercise was pretty close to impossible at that point. Once I stabilized somewhat (on MCAD meds), I started walking to the bathroom :rolleyes: , to the mailbox, to the corner, around the block, etc. Now, I run 4-5 miles every other day.

Deconditioning did not cause my illness; but conditioning has greatly stabilized me.

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My resting HR used to be in the 90-100's UNTIL I began earnestly exercising. It's now around 65 BPM. My disease process was at it's worst when my HR was highest- so exercise was pretty close to impossible at that point. Once I stabilized somewhat (on MCAD meds), I started walking to the bathroom :rolleyes: , to the mailbox, to the corner, around the block, etc. Now, I run 4-5 miles every other day.

Deconditioning did not cause my illness; but conditioning has greatly stabilized me.

This is very inspirational, exercising still seems pretty impossible for me at this moment but im waiting to get the okay fron my cardiologist. I noticed you have a pineal Cyst, I too have one and go back in a few months for another MRI to see the size of it. May I ask what ever happened with yours?

And I'm very surprised at such low resting heart rates. I was definetly expecting higher as mine is usually around 100.

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I'm kindof where you are Julie, taking the small steps to get further.

A few months ago mine was upper 80s -100. Now w/meds, exercise, & biofeedback it's mostly lower80s and every once in a while the 70s

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That is great Bananas- so PROUD of you!!!

Kazoo, once you get the doc's OK to exercise- truly one extra step every day will be PROGRESS. If you stick with it; you will see great progress over time.

I think my pineal cyst is stable. I haven't had it imaged in years, but they did follow-up with MRI's every 6 months for a while. My neurologist has since retired. BUT I did see a specialist at Emory who told me to roll my eyes back in my head (you know the stereotypical teen-age look :D) and as long as I can do that; my cyst is OK. That's MY kind of low-tech testing :rolleyes:

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Thanks Julie, I'm doing the best I can!

Kazoo- when you get the go ahead it doesn't have to be extreme. My dr has me starting out kicking my legs in the bathtub....it's reallt a work out. You can do that or other lay down exercises. Listen to your body and stick with it, slow progress is better than no progress

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My heart rate is always elevated i feel. Especially when standing and active. I want to start exercising but I'm too scared to even start or know how to begin? Can anyone give me pointers on how to go about exercise. I would really like to get ny heart rate lower and i know i need exercise. Any advice is much appreciated.

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My heart rate is always elevated i feel. Especially when standing and active. I want to start exercising but I'm too scared to even start or know how to begin? Can anyone give me pointers on how to go about exercise. I would really like to get ny heart rate lower and i know i need exercise. Any advice is much appreciated.

Kalamazoo, first listen to this:

(Don't actually watch the video, that's boring.)

Yes, I have many pointers to give.

Firstly, the scenery is absolutely important. That's very much up to personal taste but for me pine forests are the best place to exercise. I FRIGGIN LOVE PINE TREES OMGAD. Like seriously The smell, the height, the sheer force of those behemoths. It's ASTONISHING!!!!

But anyways, I guess it depends on what you like. If you like forests scenes, go for a forest. If you like mountains, go for mountains, if you like gyms go to gyms. Just go wherever you like. It's as much about mental tranquility as it is about physical endurance.

Next select music you like.

As for the actual exercise itself, make sure you're approved by your doctor before beginning any exercise regiment. Then start out slow. See how long you can jog until you get winded. That will be your baseline. The next day or next time your body is capable of jogging try to jog a little bit further than the previous day. Repeat this process by going at your own pace but working towards a goal of increasing your running time.

I haven't really increased the speed of my pace, I've just been going for distance.

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Where's the options for below 60? I'm normally in the 50s when "resting", 60-70 bpm when actively engaged (sitting upright & thinking, focused on something, not exercising), 30-50 bpm when sleeping.

Standing usually will shoot me over 100 easily. Exercise can run it all the way up to 180 or so.

There's of course my heart's "resting" rate, 0 bpm, when my heart chooses to take a couple second nap (asystole).

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Mine is actually very low -- 30's to 40's. Every time I wear a heart monitor it wakes me up in the middle of the night telling me to call the center LOL.

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My resting heart rate is usually in the 50s. It's funny because 17 years ago my resting heart rate was never below 100; it was usually 120. That was back when I was still a year-round swimmer and was in excellent physical condition (according to any test on my heart and lungs). Now as my health has declined over the years my heart rate has gone down as well.

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Deconditioning did not cause my illness; but conditioning has greatly stabilized me.

What a great line!

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My heart rate is always elevated i feel. Especially when standing and active. I want to start exercising but I'm too scared to even start or know how to begin? Can anyone give me pointers on how to go about exercise. I would really like to get ny heart rate lower and i know i need exercise. Any advice is much appreciated.

I have not been successful with Levine's protocol (even starting with Pre-Month 1 & 2). I joined the YMCA but haven't been able to keep going. So this is my NEW solution which seems to be working (I am bedbound right now).

I had purchased one of those portable bicycle contraptions ($20 at WalMart or Academy). The kind that you could put on a table to exercise your arms.

Well, I attached it vertically to a wall stud using 2 screws and 2 hose clamps (the silver kind you use a screwdriver to tighten. This lets me slide it in and out as needed (if I want to use it on the floor for my legs or on a table for my arms).

Anyway, I lay on my back on my bed and cycle. I can read a book or watch a movie on my laptop. In the beginning, I set the tension to be very light and just did a few minutes.. Now, I cycle for 10 minutes using very light tension then do 2 minutes on a higher tension then cool down with another 10 minutes on light tension. This took me 2 weeks to get here - it may take you longer. Doesn't matter

My heart rate goes up but not as much as if I were sitting or standing and exercising. I feel just enough muscle "soreness" to feel good the next day. It does seem to help me with blood pressure and HR control the next day (this may not be happening - it may be placebo effect).

I try to do it in the evenings. If I do it during the day, I am too fatigued to make use of my day.

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When I first got sick (with ME/CFIDS or POTS, who knows!) in 1999, all I could do was 3 leg lifts while lying on the floor on my side. Then I would rest and do 3 more leg lifts on the other side. That was all I could do for weeks. Once I stabilized, I was able to do 3 more leg lifts each week. Sometimes, I was not able to add more. I just tried not to slide. Before long, I was doing 100 on each side. Then soon after, I was walking a mile a day in the Texas heat.

Starting with one minute would not mean anything to a healthy person, but one minute makes a big difference to us.

My endocrinologist wants me to do this every day not every other day (as most exercise programs suggest) and I think that is the advice I have read here. That has been true for my experience. I have to do it every day or the benefit disappears and it feels like I am starting over again and again. Perhaps when I am more fit, the benefit will last a little longer and I could skip a day. Not sure.

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So it looks like many of us here have low resting HR so what are your thoughts on BB's given Beta blockers are supposed to lower HR, my kids Dr. wants them to possibly give BB' a try but I am not sure about this as mine and my children's resting sitting HR is in the 50's when recumbent it is even lower!!

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