Our expert says:
From what you tell me your heart is completely normal and just behaving like young a healthy heart should behave. A heart rate of 165-168 during exercise is a young woman is not abnormal!
In people with heart disease high heart rates may be bad and it may be important to limit heart rate, eg with beta blockers such as Purbloka.
In young healthy women like yourself, who do not have heart disease, it is unnecessary and inappropriate to worry about high heart rates during exercise.
The theoretical maximum heart rate for your age is about 195 per minute, so 165 is well short of maximum! You will not damage a healthy heart by exercising it at high rates. Please reassure the trainers at your gym!
(And by the way heart rate monitors are great devices, and may be very helpful for people training scientifically. But they often create unnecessary anxiety about heart rates. Remember again: heart rate limits are limits that may apply to people with heart disease - not healthy young women!)
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