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red faced during exercise . . .

okay, so question for you folks. I have really fair skin, the kind that burns w/ 5 minutes of sun exposure, and for as far back as I can remember, whenever I exercise really hard my face turns quite red. If my heart rate is okay and I feel good, am I okay?

The reason I ask is that there is an instructor in one of my classes at the gym who keeps singleing me out and telling me to take it easy because i'm "red" ( it's like a boot camp style cardio class . . i know what i'm in for when i go in). Well I feel good and don't want to take it easy during that time, if i took it easy everytime i worked out, i would never lose a single pound! also she happens to be very dark skinned/tan so perhaps she doesn't turn red unless she's super exerted?

Wed. Apr 19, 1:20pm

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I feel your pain. I'm like that too. One time I had a similiar problem with the instructor and I went up to her after class and basically told her to leave me alone but in a nice way. I explained that my face gets red when I'm really hot, sad, tired, working out, embarassed, etc... and that my doctor has cleared me for exercise so she doesn't have to worry about me.

Keep exercising my red faced sister!!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 1:25 PM

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OMG, rosy face!

Me too! I hate it. I look ridiculous when I work out in the morning bec I show up for work and my face is toamtoe red for the first hour, so its a deterrent because people ask if I'm OK! I'm fair also.

I also get red when I drink, get embarassed, or nervous.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 1:35 PM

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yes! thank you ladies! i was worried maybe the instructor knew something i didn't but i'm glad to see that others get red faced easily too!! haha! i may just have to pull her aside next time and explain that i'm not about to flop over!

this is why i love peer trainer-such quick responses to anything!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 1:43 PM

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Yeah, I get really red-faced too. I'm not ultra-pale naturally, but I definitely burn before I tan. I also tend to work out too hard and get my heartrate way above my target range, which seems to happen really really easily. I don't know if this has anything to do with the red face, but, the redness is definitely annoying!

I'd advise just talking to the instructor privately, that sounds like great advice!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 2:23 PM

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i turn red very easily too. After class I would explain your siutation to your instructor, maybe he/she has reason to think you need to take it easy. Also make sure you are breathing correctly.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 2:53 PM

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I think it would also be wise to make sure your doctor has approved you for exercise... just in case there could be something wrong!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 3:43 PM

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i just did some research on this recently and some people just get red when they exercise, some don't!

And some people can be over exerted which is why your instructor is singling you out. she's probably worried about liability or something like that. If you feel fine, tell her after class and she will probably stop bothering you.

I get tomato faced during exercise too-and i feel good!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 11:35 PM

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A face that turns bright red upon exhertion can be a sign of heart problems, but if you are in good health and have normal colesterol/blood pressure/etc you should be fine. if you haven't had a physical within the last year it might not be a bad idea to do so and just verify these things.

Now having said that - I am perfectly healthy, have uber fair skin and also get quite red when I exercise, so there are plenty of us!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 12:55 AM

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Add me to the red-faced club. I've been that way all my life. As soon as I start sweating, my cheeks get really red. (even if it's just cause it's ungodly hot outside!) No one has ever told me to take it easy because of it though.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 8:28 AM

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I have this same issue. I have solved it by wearing my heart rate monitor when I work out. If an instructor or trainer asks me if I am okay, I say yes and show them that my heartrate is clearly in the right zone. It also helps me to know when to slow down or step it up. I worked with a trainer and he was always keeping an eye on my HRM and not the color of my face as an indicator of how hard I was working.

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 3:29 PM

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