Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Exercising without medication

So I've been off the beta blocker medication for a week now and I've noticed something while exercising. It started two days ago when I was on the elliptical. I was sweating a lot more and my heart rate was a lot higher, and I was finding myself struggling with incline/resistences that I had previously found easy or acceptable. Two days ago I just was like "huh, that's weird." Last night at Zumba I thought I was going to die. I had sweat pouring off of me, I couldn't catch my breath, and I was pretty sure I was going to have to quit halfway through the class. That;s when it dawned on me, that without the beta blocker my heart was actually moving into a fat burn stage, and did I ever move into it. Tracy, the Zumba instructor stopped in between songs twice to check my heart rate, the first 30 seconds after a song ended I was averaging 15 beats in 5 seconds, that's like 200 beats per minute, Yikes! She said after 30 seconds though it dropped to where I would average about 160 beats per minutes. Tracy thinks I might start seeing better results on the scale now that my body is actually recognizing that I'm working out... and if you'd seen how glowing I was you'd know I was working hard. I've been on this exercising kick for 7 months now and I've never felt like I worked harder than last night! Tracy also worked Abs and Arms before Zumba, so I'm feeliing a little sore everywhere. Sore has never felt so good. I'm totally excited for Saturday's weigh in, to see if my results are any better off blood pressure meds.


TJ said...

That's kinda scary, but I'm glad you seem to have figured out what's going on. Good luck with your weigh in!

Squishy ! said...

I hope that this gets easier for you, exercising without the meds. Just be careful! *hugs* I know that we'd all hate for anything to happen to you. How is your heart rate when doing resistance training?

Krissy said...

I haven't checked it while resistance training... probably becusue I didn't notice any exhaustion or palpitations while doing it, so I never bothered to check. I'll check into it later tonight to see if there is a difference.