Hey - Does anyone have any information regarding resting heart rates ? - about what are healthy beats per minute ? I have never thought too much about this nor really monitored my pulse very often. However - it seems that resting heart beat rates are something that fitness athletes and some cardiologists pay quite a lot of attention too.
In general - it seems that the lower the level - the more cardiovascular fitness one has.
Lance Armstrong for instance apparently has a resting heart rate of only 32 beats per minute.
On the other hand - in my internet research - I've come across information that says that ones resting heart rate can vary quite a lot and is not an indicator of much of anything unless it is abnormally high or low for extended periods of time at rest.
It can get complicated very quickly I'm learning as - in my internet research - it seems people get into more complicated measurements like - measuring how long it takes your heart to return to baseline resting heart beat rate after exercising and/or stress tests etc. etc..
Then there are the whole sciences of Ayurveda and TCM - where apparently practitioners can read volumes about the state of ones health by taking or " reading " ones pulse. I find that very interesting too.
Ive met a few TCM/Ayu guru's that looked like crap and could tell me 'how to get healthy by NOT eating fruit'.
Ive never met a fit Ayu/TCM guru either.
Whats the ideal HR? Depends on the time of day, what part of our season we are in, how hydrated we are, what training we are doing etc. Its an 'it depends answer'. Depends on a lot of factors.
Get a HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) and get testing so you can find out what your values are at different times of the day, year, training season etc. Its fun to satisfy our curiosity and you will learn a lot about yourself using HRM for sure!
Ive had my HR down to 30. It doesnt mean that much though. Ive trained with Lance and he is always using his power meter/HRM to monitor how he is reacting to what he is doing. Sounds confusing but once you get the basics, its just like grade 3 math.
I use a Garmin 310XT. Its the best on the market IMHO.
Thanks DR -
I'll look into the Garmin device -
Seems like a good basic measure of the health of an important organ - one of the top two - I'd say -
I hear you about all the esoteric health regimists and all of their diagnostics -
although Brigitte Mars of Boulder, Colorado USA was a prominent practitioner of TCM and herbs and all - and then she went raw - and she claims that her pulse is the strongest and best its been ever -
Joanna is correct!
If your resting heart rate is consistently above 100, then you might want to see a doctor just in case. Occasionally going over 100 due to stress or fever is ok.
In Peace, PK
Yes - Thanks - What actually got me interested in this lately is that I recently became very sick ( maybe a detox reaction ? ) with a head cold and I noticed that my heart rate went up - to something like the high 90 in BPM's. So I researched. Apparently a cold can do that. As soon as my cold broke - my resting heart rate went down about 20 BPM.
I have just become very interested in this as just a basic measurement after feeling and measuring how my heart rate was affected by the cold I had.
Also - I have visited another raw food blog spot where this guy lost all kinds of weight after going raw and he was logging his heart rate along with his diet and other info.. His heart rate dropped quite consistently along with his weight.
I went through a period where my HR went down to around 40 quite often. And I was not relaxed. Quite the opposite at times. Been vegetarian most of my life.