Our expert says:
There's a lot of confusion about this, and unfortunately a lot of the public knowledge on heart rate during exercise is not quite accurate. The problem is that they came up with all these standards and recommendations for the general public, but this fails to acknowledge that different people may have different heart rates during exercise. From experience in a research context, I can assure you that you can test two people, trained equally, doing the same exercise, with about a 30 bpm difference between them. So it appears that heart rate is not really related to fitness when you compare it BETWEEN people. As for health, that's a point of conention. Of course, I could not possibly tell you that you are healthy or not, based purely on your heart rate and so the only way to know for sure is to have all the appropriate tests done - ECG etc. and so if you are really concerned, I would have this done. However, what you have said in your question is not at all unusual.
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