About Once Every Week, I Do An Exercise Program That Keeps My Heart Rate At Around 160 Beats Per Minute For Four Minutes. But Sometimes My Heart Rate Can Remain Uncomfortably Fast Up To 9 Hours Later.

Question

Asked by Michael Stair

About Once Every Week, I Do An Exercise Program That Keeps My Heart Rate At Around 160 Beats Per Minute For Four Minutes. But Sometimes My Heart Rate Can Remain Uncomfortably Fast Up To 9 Hours Later.

(I'm a 21 year old male, so 160 BPM is around 80% of my maximum.) My heart rate seems to recover normally at first, dropping off in just a few minutes after I finish the workout. However, as I say, my body temperature will stay high and my heart rate will stay around 10-20 beats per minute faster than normal (about the level of walking up stairs, say) for the rest of the day, and can keep me from sleeping at night for hours. My questions: Could this be a result of dehydration? I try to drink around two to three glasses of water after the workout -- is this not enough? Second: Are there any methods I could use to slow my heart rate while I'm trying to sleep (aside from breathing slower, which doesn't seem to work)? Thank you.

Answer

Hi Michael,

Check out this information on heart palpitations:

Heart Palpitations

It may be worth discussing with your physician.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

Heart Healthy Tips

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN