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Does anyone measure resting heart rate?

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Created March 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I saw a website with resting heartrate chart. It inidcated that lower heartrate is preferable. Athletes were classified as fittest category with lowest resting heart rate.

Website inferred that athletes were more fit and have more efficient circulatory system.

Would this correlate with health as well? Or does this simply measure fitness level?

aslo i'm Male, late twenties, around 55-60 heartrate.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Still pretty darn good according to the usual medical standards ...

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:44 PM

Swimming was the same for me until I just forced myself to slow down. So now I'm a slow swimmer, but at least I can get in the zone of fat burning and it feels like real exercise. But I think I'm gradually getting faster. Or maybe not ... The ride from Montreal to Portland sounds awesome. I've never ridden more than 30 miles, but I want to do something longer some day.

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on March 12, 2011
at 07:23 AM

Now its about 52 after a good sleep.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:14 AM

I've been biking regularly for years, once did a 5 day charity ride from Montreal Canada to Portland Maine. So that part shouldn't be an issue. I'm currently trying to become a bit of a runner (working my way up to 5k, not there yet) and somehow figuring out how to swim without wearing myself out after two laps :)

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on March 12, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Oooh! I do sprint triathlons! Indoor is definitely the easiest way to go for starting. I also did one in Mattoon, called the Last Chance Tri that was early fall and the swim was INDOORS but the rest was outdoors. That was cool. There is also one in Geneva that is in an old quarry that was turned into a community pool, so that swim isn't bad either. It's the open swim that scares me, so I find all the weird ones. :)

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on March 11, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Yes. Looking to get my start doing a lame "indoor" triathlon. Lap pool, stationary bike, then either an indoor track or a treadmill, for a set amount of time 'competing' for distance. Lifetime fitness has them all over the metropolitan area. Next year I might do the Mrs. T's sprint distance in the summer.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on March 11, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Triathlon in Chicago? (I don't do any races like that, just curious.)

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on March 11, 2011
at 06:26 PM

What's your resting heart rate now that you're "unfit"?

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on March 11, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Indeed, whatever happened to resting heart rate as a measure of health? No one in the paleo world seems to talk about it. Anyone know of any bloggers who do?

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on March 11, 2011
at 06:16 PM

I do crossfit daily and compete so yes, definitely.

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on March 11, 2011
at 05:57 PM

good luck, triathlon sounds like a lot of fun, but very time consuning hobby.

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at 05:56 PM

consider yourself an athlete?

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:34 AM

Heart-rate can be good for measuring your own progress, but it means little from one person to another. We all start somewhere different depending on genetics. Even when I am in terrible shape my heart-rate is under 60bpm. My friend has the best endurance of anyone I know and his is about 65bpm. Mine is currently around 40bpm and I am still not in nearly as good of shape as him.

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on March 11, 2011
at 08:05 PM

In addition to fitness, hemoglobin levels correlate pretty well to resting heart rate as your blood becomes a more efficient oxygen transporter with an increase.

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on March 12, 2011
at 01:35 PM

like everyone else said a low resting heart rate is very good to have. my last physical a week ago mine was 32 bpm. that is low enough to where the EKG machine couldnt read my heart rate and took it as me having a abnormal heart. the doc actually had me do flutter kicks to reaise my HR and then as soon as i finished he would have to hit the button for it to read my HR. it took my heart 2.2 secs to go from extremely stressed to starting relax. after 40 flutter kicks at a good rate my HR only went up 10 bpms. true testament to crossfit.

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on March 11, 2011
at 10:04 PM

Mine is usually between 40 and 50. I use it to gauge my fitness level. After knee surgery (read: sitting on my ass for 6 months) it was up to 70, but it's been steadily dropping since.

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on March 11, 2011
at 09:28 PM

I measure mine a few times a week. It's generally between 38 - 42

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on March 11, 2011
at 08:17 PM

Mine is usually between 50-55.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on March 11, 2011
at 06:24 PM

When i was doing roadcycling few years a go my resting heart rate was usually 40 at lowest. Now i am very unfit, have to start cycling again:)

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on March 12, 2011
at 07:23 AM

Now its about 52 after a good sleep.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 11, 2011
at 06:26 PM

What's your resting heart rate now that you're "unfit"?

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 12, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Still pretty darn good according to the usual medical standards ...

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B895a5790f9c9eea663f2e8819b8d9c9

on March 11, 2011
at 05:42 PM

I did a few weeks back and it was 48

B895a5790f9c9eea663f2e8819b8d9c9

on March 11, 2011
at 06:16 PM

I do crossfit daily and compete so yes, definitely.

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

(125)

on March 11, 2011
at 05:56 PM

consider yourself an athlete?

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on March 11, 2011
at 05:04 PM

I do.

I'm currently working towards being able to compete in a triathlon (I know, completely not paleo).

But it's a goal, and I like being motivated by goals, and this is one I've had for a LONG time, but never been fit enough to act on it.

So I keep tabs on things like that as markers for my progress.

I believe it correlates with health, but others may disagree.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 12, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Oooh! I do sprint triathlons! Indoor is definitely the easiest way to go for starting. I also did one in Mattoon, called the Last Chance Tri that was early fall and the swim was INDOORS but the rest was outdoors. That was cool. There is also one in Geneva that is in an old quarry that was turned into a community pool, so that swim isn't bad either. It's the open swim that scares me, so I find all the weird ones. :)

D05728a0613658cb5b2f652eb6f36783

(125)

on March 11, 2011
at 05:57 PM

good luck, triathlon sounds like a lot of fun, but very time consuning hobby.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on March 12, 2011
at 04:14 AM

I've been biking regularly for years, once did a 5 day charity ride from Montreal Canada to Portland Maine. So that part shouldn't be an issue. I'm currently trying to become a bit of a runner (working my way up to 5k, not there yet) and somehow figuring out how to swim without wearing myself out after two laps :)

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 12, 2011
at 02:44 PM

Swimming was the same for me until I just forced myself to slow down. So now I'm a slow swimmer, but at least I can get in the zone of fat burning and it feels like real exercise. But I think I'm gradually getting faster. Or maybe not ... The ride from Montreal to Portland sounds awesome. I've never ridden more than 30 miles, but I want to do something longer some day.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on March 11, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Yes. Looking to get my start doing a lame "indoor" triathlon. Lap pool, stationary bike, then either an indoor track or a treadmill, for a set amount of time 'competing' for distance. Lifetime fitness has them all over the metropolitan area. Next year I might do the Mrs. T's sprint distance in the summer.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on March 11, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Triathlon in Chicago? (I don't do any races like that, just curious.)

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on June 15, 2012
at 03:35 AM

Lower heart rate is a correlated "symptom" of cardiovascular training (essentially being an athlete). However, it also can indicate a lowered resting metabolic rate. This makes sense - if you have a trained body, you have an efficient body and run on less fuel. If you love to eat that sucks, but if you were actually existing in times of food scarcity, that is a VERY good thing.

For overall health, I understand that HRV - Heart Rate Variability is one of the biggest indicators of what you might call "robustness" or "heartiness". Say your HR is 60. If every single beat is 1.000 seconds, you are extremely unhealthy and at high risk for acute trauma. However, if your heart beats swing wildly, like sometimes .5 seconds between and sometimes 2 seconds, that is a very good condition.

I am learning more about this so am no expert, but the notion/theory behind how biofeedback works is at least partially tied to your HRV combined with breathing techniques.

Here is at least one starting resource: http://www.macses.ucsf.edu/research/allostatic/heartrate.php

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