Resting Heart Rate and Fitness

Resting Heart Rate Defined: Your resting heart rate (RHR) is the number of times your heart beats per minute while at complete rest. It's a vital indicator of your cardiovascular health and fitness level 

Lower RHR, Better Fitness: A lower RHR typically indicates a more efficient heart and better cardiovascular fitness. It means your heart doesn't have to work as hard at rest 

Training Effect: Regular exercise and improved fitness can lead to a lower RHR. As you become more aerobically fit, your heart pumps more blood with each beat, reducing the need for a higher resting rate. 

Monitoring Progress: Tracking your RHR over time can be a useful tool for gauging your fitness progress. A decreasing RHR may signify improved cardiovascular health 

Cautionary Notes: While a low RHR is generally a positive sign, extremely low values may suggest overtraining or other health issues. Consult a healthcare professional if your RHR raises concerns. 

Depth Control: Go as low as you comfortably can while maintaining a straight back 

Monitor Resting Heart Rate: A lower resting heart rate indicates better cardiovascular health and fitness. Track it daily to gauge your progress and identify potential overtraining. 

Listen to Your Body