/ Resting heart rate
Do you do a lot of cardio excercise?
Depends on lots of factors but if you're pretty fit and active I'd be chuffed with 49.
At my fittest last year I was 56, now hovering low 60s
Why is she worried?
If you have no medical issues and you are reasonably fit then that's a nice healthy resting heart rate, rather than something to worry about. It would be slightly lower if you measured it first thing in the morning before getting out of bed.
Check out some of the cyclist resting rates!
Mine is 42 to 43 bpm.
ps. I'm 40.
Yeah a bit; climb, cycle and run. I don't have any health issues as yet. At least I can relax about it. Like I say I was pleased with the result but when my wife frowned a bit and said I should be careful as, ultimately, less is dead I stuttered in my joy. From the comments I don't think I have anything to worry about, except maybe to try and lower it some more!
Generally the lower the better, but there's other parameters which are probably more indicative of health, e.g. recovery to a low rate after exercise etc.
I'd certainly not be worried by 49 bpm..
But it is whether or not you are symptomatic of bracycardia that is the issue... ie is the slow heart rate accompanied by low blood pressure, dizzieness, black-outs etc.
My resting heart rate varies from 40 (when I'm fit) to 50, when I first started night shifts I used to struggle with my blood pressure dropping a little low which may have been related to the slow heart rate, or may have been independent of it.
Don't worry, it's a good thing, you're fit!
Yep, almost completely irrelevant - and often quoted by people who aren't really very fit as an indication of their fitness. It will probably get lower as you get fitter, but if it's in a range of about 40-65 it's like quoting your shoe size as an indication of your cardio-vascular fitness.
Just checked mine and it's 52, down from about 60 pre-Christmas.
Then again I've been doing lots of cardio work at the gym for the last month.
Mine is 47 i'm 44 and very active I'm happy with that.
When I was in hospital with my wife (who was in the process of giving birth to our first child), she didn't want the pulse monitor on her finger but the alarm kept going off when she took it off. I suggested we just put it on my finger to keep the machine happy and stop the alarm going off. After about a minute the alarm went off because my pulse dropped below the minimum the machine allowed (must have been less than 40 or something like that). I didn't die or anything though.
I don't think pulse is really indicative of fitness because I'm not really that fit. I think some people just have a slow pulse.
When your over 60, and your resting heart rate is less than your age -- you're generally not in too bad shape. I'm 65 and resting HR is below 60.
You probably want to consider your pulse rate in conjunction with your blood pressure.
To measure it properly, it really needs to be the absolute minimum: so that means completely at rest, preferably lying down for 5 minutes or so and even not talking before measuring it.
The best I've achieved is 39, it's currently about 44 (so it's greater than my age still!), but, sat here typing, its ~60. I reckon that my max heart rate is very low (probably as a consequence of my CV compensating for issues left over from my asthma), so 39 was never as impressive as it might, at first, seem (as other posters have said).
I'm in my late 40s, resting heart rate can be low 50s after a couple of mugs of strong filter coffee. If I consciously relax I can usually get it down below 50.
I'm not slim & I'm not fit so I reckon it's genetics!
I think the athletes with the lowest heart rate are cross country long distance skiers, or they were when I used to be fit, down in the 30's.
Best I've had was 39 at (absolute, early morning) rest. I'm 37, so maybe soon I'll have a RHR lower than my age. I managed to leave my heart rate monitor strap in a Budapest hotel room last week so I can't check it now.
I'm fit - I run around 60km a week on average over mountainous terrain so I'm not too worried, but the Bradychardia link gave me a bit of hypochondria-via-wikipedia syndrome. I mean who doesn't feel fatigued, especially when you're training?
Why was she worried, was she on top of you at the time :-)
Yeah, I'm 63 & RHR is about 50, when I was training for the marathon it was low 40's.
I'd suggest maximal heart rate is perhaps more indicative? This is supposed to decline with age, but I'd appreciate any info re this.
Completely unrelated, but I've always felt that the perfect time to die is when your IQ & age pass each other in opposite directions, but for me that's already happened!!
I had a mate who only discovered when he was very ill in his '50s that his normal, healthy body temperature was a couple of degrees hotter than most people. It took the hospital a while to work out that he didn't have a fever.
> I had a mate who only discovered when he was very ill in his '50s that his normal, healthy body temperature was a couple of degrees hotter than most people. It took the hospital a while to work out that he didn't have a fever.
Less, if anything. Resting heart rate changes significantly with training, fitness and wotnot, whereas maximum for an individual is pretty fixed.
A better measure might be recovery rate - how rapidly an elevated heart rate drops towards the resting rate when you stop working.
good point - what is that formula for max rate? 210 minus age or similar?
The bollocks are normally a couple of degrees cooler than core. More efficient for spermatogenesis. ;)
> The bollocks are normally a couple of degrees cooler than core. More efficient for spermatogenesis. ;)
Is that like a creamy golden shower?
No, not bollocks, quite true.
While in the hospice he got in touch with his (long estranged) sister, and hers was the same. She was perfectly healthy and happy, but the thermometer said poorly. As with just about everything, there's a bell-curve for what is 'normal' and not everybody is in the middle of the curve.
> good point - what is that formula for max rate? 210 minus age or similar?
Its just a rule of thumb, and as such not really worth anything (I think the figure is 220-age).
However it is just what it says - your maximum. So go and run up a load of big hills until you vomit, and see what you got to - that's your MHR.
208-age is one of them, but there are various formulae along the lines of Constant - (something x age). They're all estimates though. The only way to know accurately is to measure it. (Something that isn't really necessary for most of us.)
> Why is she worried?
high 160's get obtained during hard hill rep sessions when people around me are 20-30 bpm quicker and I'd say I'm relatively fit.. international mountain and ultra distance runner..
But I have stamina but was always very slow as a sprinter.. I think my max is somehow physiologically set, like a diesel engine, I can chug on at low revs yet just cannot hit the high revs other runners can over short distances yet chug through..
In the long races I always move through the field later on in a race.
> But it is whether or not you are symptomatic of bracycardia that is the issue... ie is the slow heart rate accompanied by low blood pressure, dizzieness, black-outs etc.
> My resting heart rate varies from 40 (when I'm fit) to 50, when I first started night shifts I used to struggle with my blood pressure dropping a little low which may have been related to the slow heart rate, or may have been independent of it.
Dizzynes is pretty normal.. if I stand up suddenly it can be a second until the heart beats again.. so blood is flowing away from the brain.. so you go dizzy..
I did some medical research using beta blockers and some other drugs and the dr couldn't speed up my heart, he had to go back to the ethics committee to get permission to up the dosage until he got the response he expected..
> Is that like a creamy golden shower?
Yes but cold
for the 2010 version
for the 2011 thread.
I think I made clear (well I meant to) that it'll probably get lower as you get fitter. But simply saying "my resting HR is 4x - does that mean I'm incredibly fit?" *innocent face* is meaningless.
> I think I made clear (well I meant to) that it'll probably get lower as you get fitter. But simply saying "my resting HR is 4x - does that mean I'm incredibly fit?" *innocent face* is meaningless.
You did make it clear. Mine was a totally pie and beer based flipant response which I apologise for :)
All this stuff is great to research but like you say means little in isolation....resting heart rate...max heart rate...BMI... Run more, it gets easier/you get fitter. Google "heart rate" all you like but that wont make much difference!
You have a large heart.
There is some debate at the moment whether doing excessive cardio and making your heart abnormally large is a good thing. There have been a couple of cases where people have just dropped dead. It is however debate as there is no scoentific reasearch to determine whether their hearts were enlarged due to exercise, started large or some other reason.
All your RHR can tell you is what your WHR is once you have determined your MHR. It will also indicate if you are ill or overtraining as it will rise when you are 'resting'.
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