What’s you Resting heart rate?
Heart rate is one of the vital signs of health. Resting heart rate It is how many times your heart beats in a minute.
Normal is said to be 60-100bpm, with athletes having a resting heart rate below 60 is normal and can be as low as 40bpm.
A heart rate of 80-100bpm can be due to Lower physical fitness, higher blood pressure, body weight, and levels of circulating blood fats.
An elevated resting heart rate of 80 bpm and higher can be an indicator of increased cardiovascular risk. This risk is higher when the resting heart rate goes above 90 bpm.
If you don’t actively exercise and have a low RHR with symptoms of dizziness or shortness of breath, you should discuss this with your doctor.
The heart rate can vary with exercise, stress, emotions, medication and threat to safety.
During exercise the heart rate speeds up and there is a maximum heart rate depending on your age. The basic MHR can be worked out by 220-age. This is a simply equation but is not the most accurate.
The heart is a muscular organ in the chest, it pumps blood around the body providing the body with nutrients and oxygen.
The heart like any muscle can be strengthened with exercise. The stronger the heart the less contractions (beats) per minute is needed. This is because the heart can expand and contract more strongly forcing more blood around, therefore needing to do less.
Tips for measuring HR
- Don’t take when stressed or 2 hours after exercise. This is because after exercise the HR can stay elevated for a few hours.
- Don’t take HR within an hour of consuming caffeine.
- Take first thing in the morning when relaxed and possibly still in bed.
Resting Heart Rate Charts
You can use these charts* to see where your resting heart rate ranks:
- Age 18-25: Athlete 49-55 | Excellent 56-61 | Good 61-65 | Average 70-73 | Poor Over 82
- Age 26-35: Athlete 49-54 | Excellent 55-61 | Good 62-65 | Average 71-74 | Poor Over 82
- Age 36-45: Athlete 50-56 | Excellent 57-62 | Good 63-66 | Average 71-75 | Poor Over 83
- Age 46-55: Athlete 50-57 | Excellent 58-63 | Good 64-67 | Average 72-76 | Poor Over 84
- Age 56-65: Athlete 51-56 | Excellent 57-61 | Good 62-67 | Average 72-75 | Poor Over 82
- Over Age 65: Athlete 50-55 | Excellent 56-61 | Good 62-65 | Average 70-73 | Poor Over 80
- Age 18-25: Athlete 54-60 | Excellent 61-65 | Good 66-69 | Average 74-78 | Poor Over 85
- Age 26-35: Athlete 54-59 | Excellent 60-64 | Good 65-68 | Average 73-76 | Poor Over 83
- Age 36-45: Athlete 54-59 | Excellent 60-64 | Good 65-69 | Average 74-78 | Poor Over 85
- Age 46-55: Athlete 54-60 | Excellent 61-65 | Good 66-69 | Average 74-77 | Poor Over 84
- Age 56-65: Athlete 54-59 | Excellent 60-64 | Good 65-68 | Average 74-77 | Poor Over 84
- Over Age 65: Athlete 54-59 | Excellent 60-64 | Good 65-68 | Average 73-76 | Poor Over 84
*These charts are from a website, link below.