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I have syncope which really isn't a big deal if I wanted to sleep all the time. Syncope means I faint or black out when I stand or when I do something that should raise my blood pressure even slightly. This is caused by a series of events that all come from hypotension, or low blood pressure. This is the short definition of course. Either way, it doesn't happen every single time. When I decided to lift weights was when I became very aware of my syncope. I just cannot get my heart rate up consistently to get a good workout in. Not to mention I looked odd constantly yawning while lifting. It's almost like I could take a nap between every rep. It's annoying more than anything. So I wanted to learn to train my heart to do it's job. When you run with syncope it takes a very very long time to get your heart rate up and once it gets up, you could run forever. Of course you may pass out repeatedly trying to get your heart rate to that point. That's the miserable way to do it. The better way to train syncope is to walk then run and walk then run. Over time, you walk less and run more. This is the best way to train your heart rate for anyone but especially for those with syncope. It keeps your heart guessing and trying to keep up until finally, it figures out it's just going to have to raise on demand. So for those of you out there with super low blood pressure and heart rates and for those of you who faint or blackout when you do anything strenuous, it takes time but you CAN get there!
Hi, just introducing myself. My name is kimberly, i'm 25 years old and hate running (so far). I've never struggled much with my weight, I'm naturally pretty thin and don't do much exept for pilates touch football and volleyball to stay fit. With running being more popular than ever, people have been asking me to sign up with them for 5k runs, spartan races and other races such as prison break, expecting me to say yes right away. People give me the strangest look when I tell them I'm not a runner and that my cardio endurance is actually horrible. I can't even run 1 minute without having a litre of saliva in my mouth and side cramps. So that's why I'm giving this a try... I'm tired of the odd looks of people who don't get that you can have a runners body without actually being a runner. I want to be able to say "i'm in" and not be ashamed that I can't run like everyone else. I want to surprise my friends by running 5k at the end of june for charity. Wish me luck!