Exercise: Did It!

Did it! Felt strong! My goal was to keep the HR below 180. I stopped when it got to 180 and did a cool-down walk. There is something about running or jogging that makes me feel unstoppable. I wish I could put the feeling in a bottle and use it when I need an extra boost of confidence.

Pre-exercise BP 132/92 HR 68
Post-exercise BP 139/106 HR 90
Average HR 165; maximum HR 181
I was in zone 5 for 85% of the run. For me, I hit zone 5 when my HR goes above 155. Usually, after a run, my blood pressure is unchanged or goes down slightly. Not today! It’s elevated.

I am ratcheting up my exercise regimen to at least 10K steps six to seven times a week. Although exercise helps your blood pressure, it can worsen, so I will need to be careful. The question is, what is my blood pressure when my heart is racing? I’ll have the answer in time.


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.

1 thought on “Exercise: Did It!

  1. Good to hear that you’ve been feeling stronger compared to previous times you exercised. I hope you can figure out the things regarding the heart rate and blood pressure. Anyways, I hope you’re able to reach those goals for your future exercising endeavors.

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