For people suffering from Orthostatic Intolerance, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia, Mast Cell Activtation or EDS. Follow me as I document my struggle towards better health.

Day 44 of Dr. Levine's Exercise Protocol for POTS (A.S.*)

Tracking my Heart Rate using Digifit and an iPad
For the past 4 workouts I have being using my iPad, DigiFit software, and an ANT+ chest strap to view and record my heart rate during exercise.  I have found that my heart rate is much easier view on the iPad than on the wrist watch where I have to take my hand off the rowing machine bar to see the read-out.  A difficult maneuver when you're really going at it.

I can input the various workouts prescribed in Dr. Levines exercise protocol into the Digifit software on the iPad.  I can include the duration of the exercises and the specific heart rates zones they are to be performed within.  When I am ready to do a workout I simply go to the appropriate date in the calendar and click on the exercise.  Digifit automatically connects to the heart rate strap and away I go.  Once I am done I can upload the heart rate record to Training Peaks or even New Leaf (if I decide to start a metabolic exercise program).  The only thing Digifit does not record are the gasps and groans coming out of me while performing the exercise.

Today was a day when the protocol dictates I do my exercise on my rowing machine at the highest heart rate zone.  I had to keep my heart rate above 140 for 30 minutes.  This is, by far, one of the more difficult exercises in the protocol but I did it and I did not expire.  This being my second time around for Dr. Levine's exercise protocol for POTS I know that although I FEEL like I am going to expire I actually won't.  (If, on the other hand, I unexpectedly do expire then at least Digifit will be recording the event for posterity.)


  1. Unfortunately, I can't do the rowing machine because I have Erlos Dahnlos Syndrome. It affects the cartilage in my joints (especially my knees). I just can't bend my knees fast enough without extreme pain. (Also, my gym doesn't even have a rowing machine haha!). I even have trouble with joint pain during weight training....So, I'm going to my orthopedist soon!

  2. If you need help with posture you may want to consider a posture back brace or posture bras but only if you're looking for a short term fix. A better long term fix for posture is targeted stretching and strengthening of postural muscles. foam roller for the spine / bodyaline