Posted 8/24/2006 7:59 AM (GMT -7)
I've searched long and hard for an answer and cannot find anything. I did find this page so I thought I would ask, see if anybody had ever had anything similar.
First, I apologize if this becomes a lengthy post.
I always should have been in fairly good shape. I was in sports since I was very little. When I was about 15-18 I was very active. I was in soccer and ran track, went to the gym with my mother and lifted free weights with my father. I noticed something strange though. No matter how good of shape I should have been in, I got worn out easily. I could not run the mile with the other people or simple things like that. I would feel very out of shape.
When I would go to the gym with my mom, I would run or walk on the treadmill. The heart rate monitors on the treadmill would clock my heart rate at around 190-200, even just walking. I thought nothing of it at the time, it must have been wrong, it couldn't have been that.
I took a couple of lazy years, I would walk occasionally, but nothing too vigours. I'm now just barely 21. Female, if that makes a difference. I got a gym membership and have been going on average 3-4 times a week for the last 7 months.
I was quickly reminded of the long forgotten "problem." My cardio has not improved one bit in the last half a year. I walk at a meer 3.5 on the treamill with only a 2% incline. Within 3 minutes my heart rate jumps to over 160. By 5-7 minutes my heart rate is up at 185. If I do any more than that my heart rate has and will go up another 10bpm. I then start to get the worn out and ill feeling. I go on several different machines with the thought that maybe that one is broken. I have purchased a chest strap heart rate monitor. It reads the same. I have returned the monitor twice thinking it was faulty. Everything reads the same.
I know I should see a doctor about this, right now I cannot afford to. Though I am planning to within a month or so.
I am wondering if anybody has any experience with anything similar or has a clue at all.
Thank you for reading and for any help.