Low heart rate while on the treadmill

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    Apr 29, 2015 6:26 PM GMT
    Just a general wondering really.

    When i was on the treadmill today, my heart rate changed from green to brown on the screen.

    I want only walk at a speed of 6km, at zero gradient.

    It said my heart rate was 113bpm.

    This happened several times across a 30 minute period.

    I understand this is not a doctors feedback forum, but what might this mean? Im assuming something bad icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 29, 2015 7:57 PM GMT
    Heart rate monitors (HRM) aren't always reliable and accurate.

    When I run I wear a chest strap HRM that my wrist watch picks up and records. It goes haywire every so often shooting up to a very high heart rate. Other times it has dropped so low I should have been comatose. People have complained about it on the Garmin forums. In my case I think it's due chest hair so I've taken to shaving a band around my chest where the HRM strap sits which seems to have helped (it's white there since I run shirtless so it's not much weirder looking than it already is, and I'm not especially hairy).
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    Apr 30, 2015 6:32 PM GMT
    That's perfectly normal for a person who has high endurance.

    Every time I get a physical from a new doc, he asks me why my heart rate is so low, because it's usually 50-60 BPM. I tell him I have no car, and cycle everywhere...not to mention extreme cycling as well (off-road, downhill, freeride, and BMX).

    You'll get used to it. Just keep doing what you're doing and enjoy the adrenaline rush. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 30, 2015 7:29 PM GMT
    If it's fluctuating I wouldn't say that that's normal (assuming it really is his heart and not the HRM misbehaving), especially if he's walking at a constant rate on the treadmill.

    But it certainly is normal for our heart rate overall to get lower as we become more fit.

    http://www.runningshoesguru.com/2015/04/how-many-calories-does-running-burn-and-how-does-it-stack-up-against-other-activities/
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    May 06, 2015 12:38 AM GMT
    If you're not short of breath, dizzy or having heart palpitations, then the number you're looking at doesn't mean anything.