Resting Heart Rates

36 messages
13/08/2008 at 01:00
Some might say daily, a change can indicate overtraining or illness, track over a couple of days & see if it was just a blip.
Me...I can't recall last time I checked it.

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13/08/2008 at 01:00
I hear a lot of people go on about resting heart rates, I am 50 and mine is 48, when training for triathlon do you need to check your rhr and how often?
13/08/2008 at 03:30
I have been a little concerned as of late when I stand-up suddenly I feel a bit 'swimmy' headed. I've been upping the training recently and my RHR is now down to 42bpm. Is this too low? Is there a connection and is it a bad sign?

Feel great on it though, apart from the almost fainting moments.

Chris J
13/08/2008 at 03:30
I wouldn't worry too much mate, mine goes down to 36 sometimes, I believe lance Armstrong's was 32.

Clinically below 60 is cause for concern on the assessment form on admission to A+E!

13/08/2008 at 03:46
the swimmy feeling is more likely to low blood pressure, especially when standing up quickly.

RHR for elite guys is 40-50bpm, but there is also a medical condition that causes low bpm, and can easily be confused. Not really sure if the medical condistion is serious, but some seem to worry. RHR for most is 50-70bpm.
13/08/2008 at 04:36
Daily monitoring of rest heart rate is requested by our coaches in our club. We need to fill it in online on our training shedules, as well as body weight.
It is a very accurate parameter, that is warning you to back off. If you ignore it, two days later you'll curse yourself for not listening to it.
I know it sounds a bit elaborate, and my coaches nag about it all the time I skip it. They're right, but hey: I'm not a pro, I'm in it for fun!!!![8D]

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13/08/2008 at 06:16
Thanks peeps

Had yesterday off training as I felt a bit jaded (felt guilty and rotund) and just got back from a steady 1 hr Tempo Run. Felt really strong and 'bursting' to go quicker. Maintained my discipline though and now feel back 'on it'.

Will keep an eye on the swimmy head thing and watch my resting HR. I'm in no way 'elite'[:@]

Chris J
13/08/2008 at 08:13
Mine's 52 at the moment, but that's probably the lowest I've ever been. Although they put 50-70 average, that's for averagely fit/slim/healthy people. Most people are not in that category these days, so anything below 70 is much better than the average person on the bus. Below 50 is v.low, but I also heard about Lance Armstrong's HR and I think Miguel Indurain was also about 38. I would guess that 48 for a 50 year old is probably OK as long as you consider yourself to be an extremely fit 50yo. But then I'm not a doctor.... I always thought of HR's as being "the lower, the better", though clearly 0 would be a little too low....
13/08/2008 at 17:23
yeah, think 0 would be alittle low, thanks for the giggle[:D]

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13/08/2008 at 17:56
Had an episode of 0 following a car crash a few years ago, I don't remember it at the time [;)] but i know i felt shit after it! hehe.

But in regards to heart rate we would be more worried about a patient coming in with low rather than high heart rate, but this is only really going to be a cause for concern in an unconscious patient!
13/08/2008 at 18:13
I always thought the lower the resting heart rate the better (for athletes) and so I was happy that mine is now 43/42! I read in one of the autobiographies that when Tim Foster (rower) lacerated his wrist at a party and was taken to hospital they were really worried and started doing lots of tests on him to find out what was wrong as he was high 30's. Something to aspire to!

As for tests for how rested you are, I didn't think your actual resting heart rate was any indication. Not being able to get your heart rate up is considered a sign of over-training. The other test you can do first thing in the morning is take your resting heart rate lying down, then stand up quickly and then sit back down, wait 1 minute and see how close your heart rate gets back to your resting level. You should do this when completely rested to set a 'benchmark' and then when training you can try it again to test how rested you are relatively.

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13/08/2008 at 21:00
Blimey... all these low 40s heart rates! My MRHR is mid-fifties. I'm sooo unfit.[8D]

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13/08/2008 at 21:16
Well, having read this thread this morning, I have had my monitor on for the last two hours (going to the gym tonight - I don't just carry it round in case somebody wants to know my HR!) and I have averaged 66, with a range between 54 and 108 (after running upstairs).
It seems my reting HR is nothing like as low as some of you guys, and I don't think it's ever been much different. I used to do a lot of track running - I was running mid 53 seconds for the 400mH but my resting HR was never in the 40s or low 50s.
Is there a difference between the types of efforts required for sprints and endurance events that would lead to this type of disparity?

Pain is just weakness leaving the body.

13/08/2008 at 21:33
I did the performace test thing the other day on my Polar HRM and scored 58. I got 48 three months ago so the training is working [:D]. Apparently this translates to the VO2max but I don't know if it's a direct translation.

Resting HR is now 40-42 but averages 170-175 for a normal run and peaks at 195.

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14/08/2008 at 00:36

You need to be truly resting when testing your resting HR. I recommend lying down for 2/3 minutes before measuring it and try not to move when you measure it.

This will give you a much lower (and more representative) fugure than a measure whilst going about your daily chores.

Also, if you are very fit then the heart rate will jump slightly even if you raise your amr to look at your watch!

14/08/2008 at 00:36
Thanks - will try tomorrow morning if I remember. While I had the strap on, it was rising about 10 bpm when I sneezed, which was just bizarre!

Pain is just weakness leaving the body.

14/08/2008 at 03:56
To be correct, resting heart rate should be tested in the morning, immediately after waking up,
before getting up out of bed!!! Wake up, keep lying down and thats the moment to take the rest pulse.

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14/08/2008 at 04:46

While you had the strap-on? No wonder your RHR was a little elevated.[;)]

Chris J
15/08/2008 at 01:36

Of course I can eat that....I am an athlete.
15/08/2008 at 02:26
Some thing i never quite understood about resting hr is when you should take it? [ul][*]Sitting down[*]Lying down[*]Just as you wake up [/ul]Andy
p.s. if i take when i am lying down watching tv mean is only 38bpm

Edited: 15/08/2008 at 01:26