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nobody seems to talk about low blood pressure and difficulties with exercise and weight loss

Friday, June 19, 2015

I was planning to be productive this afternoon, and I just got slow. I finally packed up and came home where I took a nap, then dammit, got my gear on and went out to run. 5 minute walking warm-up and I lasted more than 5 minutes with an okay speed. I had just started listening to The Spark on audio books and this revolutionary PE teacher found that heart rate monitoring was a better indicator of effort. I have one on my phone, and I know the accuracy is variable but while jogging, my heart rate came in at 75. What? So I walked and measures, and that got down to 56. I got in a steady pace for a bit and got my heart rate up to 108, then I walked and I could feel the heart rate increase. It was now up to 113, even though I was exerting less.

Listening to the book, the kids in the new PE class had improved grades exercising first and I have a very sedentary job. Then I read how blurry vision is a symptom of hypotension and I have many mornings that start with squinting my eyes while driving.

So, no wonder my fatigue (and I'm on thyroid meds, so I wonder if I forgot my midday dose)... but nobody talks about the difficulties of getting motivated to exercise with this issue. It can be a very hard push. It seems to me that burning calories is hard if you can't get the heart rate up enough to make a difference. When I first started with an elliptical, my heart rate would jump high fast and it has taken quite awhile to develop some stamina and control over that. Try a web search and the issues are high blood pressure and wear compression socks. Have you ever tried compression socks? You know how they work? Your heart rate increases trying to wrestle yourself into them! I live in Florida - those buggars are so hot. Not an option.

I'm going to listen to the book The Spark some more. I'm going to experiment with cardio every morning. My vision will be a big tell, but so will getting my work done. I'm starting to think this has a much bigger affect on my bmi that anyone has suspected, as it affects my workouts and workout ethic. How I'm going to get my low (bp) and slow (hr) self moving to do the cardio will be a big part of the challenge, so the experiment focus helps.

I hope you have a good weekend full of delightful activity and effective heart rates!
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  • NATPLUMMER
    Thinking if it as an experiment should help with motivation because you'll want to get your data points. Good luck!
    2132 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    I also tend to have low blood pressure, and I also have asthma - I just walk or whatever exercise to the point where I feel like my breathing is more difficult. Not easily conversational level, but not gasping for breath either.

    I figure the breathing part is more important than getting my heart rate up to the best range - might be a little lower but I like to breathe.
    2132 days ago
  • MEOWMEEEOW
    I've had low blood pressure for years, but not the other medical issues that you have described. My observation has been that western medicine doctors don't think it's a big deal, but eastern medicine ones do. I haven't had it tested for awhile, but by the way I feel, I would guess that acupuncture and herbs have helped to raise it to an appropriate level. Best of luck to you!
    2133 days ago
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