What is Resting Heart Rate And Why Is It Important?

Resting Heart Rate.

While this term has become well-known thanks to wearable fitness devices like FitBit and Apple Watch, many people still do not understand what it means and why it is important.

Very simply, your heart rate is how many times your heart beats per minute.

Therefore, your resting heart rate is how many times your heart beats per minute when your body is at rest.

When you are rest, your heart tends to beat slower. Meanwhile, when you are active, exercising, or stressed, your heart tends to beat faster.

Normal resting heart rates usually fall between 60 beats per minute and 100 beats per minute.

It is a good rule of thumb that the better shape you are in, the lower your resting rate will be.

The lower your resting heart rate is, the more efficient your cardiovascular system is, and a lower heart rate can also indicate better sleep quality.

Everyone is different and you may have conditions that cause your resting heart rate to be abnormally high or abnormally low. You should always consult with your doctor if you have concerns about an abnormally high or low resting heart rate.

The chart below is a good indicator of your cardiovascular (heart) health based on your resting heart rate.

The best time to measure your resting heart rate is in the morning before you’ve been active, eaten, or taken any medication.

To measure your heart rate, place your index and middle fingers where your artery meets your jawline on the side of your neck. Start a 6 second timer and count how many times your heart beats during those 6 seconds. Multiply this number times 10. This will equal your heart rate.

Of course, if you use a fitness device like FitBit or Apple Watch, these devices will advise you of your resting heart rate without requiring you to count your heartbeats physically.

As you improve your fitness, you should see your resting heart rate lower. Of course, there are many factors other than fitness level, that influence your resting heart rate, such as medications, periods of stress, diet, air temperature, lack of sleep, and dehydration.

In Tari App, you can keep up with improvements in your resting heart rate, measuring the increase or decrease over custom time-periods. You can view this data from the Reports page in the app.

Resting heart rate is one of the key metrics to measure your cardiovascular health. Start tracking your resting heart manually or via a fitness device on Tari App today!

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