Exercise: Did It!

Wasn’t sure if I would but I did it! And it feels great! I don’t recall ever regretting exert. When I jog or run, I track my pulse to keep it under 140. At that rate, I feel good without symptoms. Above 150, I feel out of breathe. Today, the right hip was sore, bout 3 on a scale of 10, and the pulse running high.

It’s a beautiful day in my neck of the woods. If you can get out, do so. You will not regret it.




Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

4 thoughts on “Exercise: Did It!

  1. Exercise — as intense as possible — is a great stress buster and way to commune with nature and our magnificently constructed bodies! Congratulations, Angela: I know that you will persevere, and revel in the doing….

    (Hmm…I’m no expert, so don’t rely on me, but it seems to me that an increased pulse rate (from normal …?…) is inevitable, natural, and necessary in the exercise process. I believe that how quickly and efficiently your heart rate ramps down from 140-150 or whatever to “normal” is a very key factor, influenced by a nice cooldown “walk,” adequate rehydration, etc. Same for BP, I’d imagine….)

    1. Hi Bob, I am no expert on sports medicine. Exercise does increase pulse. The different intensity zones are based on pulse rates. For my age and medical history, I keep the intensity level at zone 3. Above that I develop symptoms, don’t want a heart attack. However, as my body becomes conditioned I am less symptomatic and can go faster while remaining in zone 3.

      1. Right! We know our own bodies, their capabilities, limitations et al better than anyone! (Even as your indicated “zone 3” shows that research, recommendations and parameters are important components to any health/fitness program!)

        Surely don’t want you to have a heart attack, Angela! Stay well….

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