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    Cardio training: Tomato Red Face

    Hi everyone,

    I've done cardio off and on my whole life - though I've done one 10k and plenty of uphill slogging with a heavy pack, I wouldn't say I've ever been in great cardio shape. Recently I started doing more intense cardio again after a period of inactivity.

    I've also been blessed with a rosy glow pretty much always and when I get my heart rate up, that turns quickly into a beet red face. I feel really self conscious about this! It wasn't a big deal with running, but I'd love to be able to "perform" my dances and not look like a tomato.

    For those who have the same genetics and have improved their cardio strength, is there any hope for me? Or am I doomed to be a dancing tomato?


    #2
    Hi calendula!

    Unfortunately I do not have an answer to this, but I do have the same 'problem'! It isn't a big issue for me, but if anyone has any suggestions, I'd sure love to hear them!


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      #3
      How is your breathing? I tend to get a red face when I am not breathing regulary and hold my breath and kind of press. If that makes any sense.

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        #4
        Andi64 hmm I haven't really been paying that much attention to be honest. I'll check today.

        I've read that it's totally normal and could just be due to my fair skin tone/genetics but breathing probably does affect it. I am new to this routine so hopefully as I improve fitness, I'll also be able to breathe easier. If that's the case, maybe there is some hope. As I say, I don't care all that much (though folks tend to comment on it and that's annoying) except for the performance aspect.

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          #5
          I would also love any answers to this - it happens to me as well and I tend to get comments too, so anything to combat this would be great!

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            #6
            I'm very fair skinned, too, and know the tomato problem. Don't have an answer to this, still get red. To me, it's just a matter of skin type and I never thought much of it. If people comment on it, I laugh it off, because there's really not much to do about it, I guess.

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              #7
              Yeah lofivelcro I think so too, tbh. I also have a fair skin and I also get sunburnt very easily, for instance. I don't think that in my case it has much to do with breathing, but just with feeling warm and higher bloodcirculation.

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                #8
                In my view, when you're working hard and that heart is pumping hard (and I don't think it really matters how fit you are because that heart is still pumping blood around, just more efficiently if you're fitter), then blood is going to rush everywhere, filling every little vein, artery and capillary, and you're going to look flushed. If someone is going to comment on the redness of my face and ignore my increased breathing, my dripping sweat, my pumped muscles - all of which indicate that I've been working hard physically - then that person most likely hasn't been doing the same, and is definitely not worthy of my return comment. If you are concerned that people will look at your red face while you dance, then improve your dancing, so that that's what people focus and comment on. Beside, people with manners don't generally make such rude personal comments, and people without manners don't really matter.

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                  #9
                  TopNotch I completely agree! Maybe waterproof makeup is the secret to professional dancers. Of course I'm going to continue doing my routine but it will be an interesting experience to see what happens over time

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