The entire PHW gang takes their level of fitness pretty serious! Right? I hope so if we want to live our best lives NOW! This should mean that we have the basics covered. Things like no smoking, no fast food, trying to be in a state of zen all of the time are all pretty much a part of our rules to live by. But, what about something soooo basic and important like your RHR? You can spit yours right out, correct? Well we all should be able to. That takes us to todays lesson. Trust me, this is real easy, fitness 101 type stuff.
Your overall cardiovascular health lies inside your RHR. That is why knowing your Resting Hear Rate is so important. Your resting heart rate is simply how many times your heart beats per minute when your body is at rest. This is a showcase for how strong and efficient your heart actually works. It’s the essential value of your cardiovascular system. Lets try to KISS this concept (Keep It Simple Smiley). A heart that beats less or slower every minute during rest or sleep, pumps more blood throughout the body with LESS stress. Basically, a STRONG heart needs fewer beats to pump more blood. I told you this was easy. This means that when we determine our number we will have determined our overall level of aerobic (cardio) fitness. The number works in indirect correlation with your health meaning that the lower your HRH, the healthier and stronger your heart is. To give you some perspective, you remember Michael Phelps Right? Greatest Gold Medal Winner of all time. His RHR is in the 30’s and that’s about half of the average americans.
So how do we find ours? Easy! All you need is a clock or watch with a second-hand. Now, this is RESTING heart rate so your body must be at rest when you take this measurement. The minute you open your eyes after a nights sleep is ideal. Before you even get out of bed, find your pulse on your wrist or carotid artery with your middle and ring finger, and time the beats of your pulse for 10 seconds with your clock. Take that number of beats and multiply it by 6, and that’s YOUR RHR. To be real accurate, take 3 measurements and keep the average. Heres how to stack your number against overall heart health. Oh, and by the way, how do you improve your RHR? EXERCISE!!!!!!
- 60 or less = Good
- 61 to 80 = Average
- 81 to 100 = High
- 101 or more = Abnormally high, CALL THE DOCTOR!