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   Posted 1/24/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have started to exercise and watch what I eat but everytime I start to work out and my heart rate starts to go up. I begin to worry about my heart. Am I working it to much? Is this to stressful? Is it beating to much? I have talked to the doc and the doc says I am fine and health but I cant get those crazy thoughts out. I still workout and manage to get through it. And I feel much better after but it is still scary. any advice? Has anyone else ever been through this?

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   Posted 1/24/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
exercise is good for treating anxiety but should be done relaxed with no excess muscle tension
its normal for your heartbeat to change as your body is working harder, ignore your heart, dont monitor it
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   Posted 1/24/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mate dont worry you are fine.
Think of it this way the more you get your heart to beat the more calories you will loose and the fitter you will get. A good way of wroking out what you should be getting your heart rate up to is:
200 minus your age and then 80% of that figure.
So for example for me its 200-26= 174 . then 80% of 174= 140 So I try to keep my heart rate as close to 140 as I can.
Hope this helps you dont worry you are fine and keep up the exercise. :-)

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   Posted 1/24/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Keep up the exercise - it is great for anxiety.

When we exercise, it is normal for our heart rate to rise.  Mine can go up to 150bpm sometimes.  What matters is how long it takes to return to normal when you stop exercising.

I don't think that anyone can do exercise without their heart rate going up so don't worry - what you are experiencing is normal.

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   Posted 1/24/2007 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. I have not worked out in years and ouch! Its a hard thing to get back into but I am happy I am doing it. I think I will just turn up the music and try to block out my pounding heart and stop reading the heart monitor, LOL That thing is so bad for me!

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   Posted 1/24/2007 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to worry about my heart rate a lot.  I was scared I would "use up" too many heartbeats and my heart would stop!!! It never did!!  It's quite normal to feel anxious when you first start exercising after a while because it does mimic an anxiety attack.  Try not to focus too much on how fast your heart is going but rather on how good it feels to use your muscles and burn off that excess adrenaline.  Also think about how hot you're going to look!! Get's me through everytime lol.
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   Posted 1/24/2007 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel like this as well. I used to run every morning but I haven't in awhile because my chest will hurt when I exercise and I will get anxiety over it. My DR. said it was because I smoke and don't exercise much and it isn't heart related. Just remember that working out your heart is good for it.

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   Posted 1/26/2007 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Your heart rate is supposed to climb when you exercise. Thats why it so go for you because your heart is a muscle itself and when it has to work harder to pump healthy oxygen into your body it gets stronger. Do not worry, exercise is your friend! Find out what your target heart rate is and then take your pulse just to make sure you are not working it too hard-I have had my heart get up to 165 bmp while riding a staionary bike-I was like..."wow" but then found out that it was a good thing. I think my THR is 145 or so. Get one of those monitor things you can wear on your upper arm-whatever you do dont stop exercising-way to go by the way because a lot of us dont and wish we would-You are taking a good step to recovery and feeling well.
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Leah Beans
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   Posted 1/26/2007 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Crying
Looks like you have already recived some great advice here. Keep up with the exercising it's good for the heart, body and mind. yeah
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