Resting Heart Rate?

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Resting Heart Rate?

Post by gcanyon » April 28th, 2006, 11:05 am

I'm curious what changes people have seen in their resting heart rate?

Mine was about 70 five months ago. Now it's 56, maybe 55. That seems like pretty good progress to me, but what has everyone else's experience been?

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Re: Resting Heart Rate?

Post by SpaCityBulldog » April 28th, 2006, 10:05 pm

gcanyon wrote:I'm curious what changes people have seen in their resting heart rate?

Mine was about 70 five months ago. Now it's 56, maybe 55. That seems like pretty good progress to me, but what has everyone else's experience been?

Geoff
42, male, 6'4" 190lbs.
You can go to this thread for a discussion:

http://www.c2forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=4216

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Re: Resting Heart Rate?

Post by gcanyon » April 29th, 2006, 3:00 am

SpaCityBulldog wrote:
gcanyon wrote:I'm curious what changes people have seen in their resting heart rate?

Mine was about 70 five months ago. Now it's 56, maybe 55. That seems like pretty good progress to me, but what has everyone else's experience been?

Geoff
42, male, 6'4" 190lbs.
You can go to this thread for a discussion:

http://www.c2forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=4216
Boy, it would be nice if I had checked the general forum before posting, eh?

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Post by nfeht » May 11th, 2006, 10:44 pm

I've always wondered during what physical activity would your resting heart rate take place.
when your walking around? sleeping? lyingdown?

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Post by jamesg » May 12th, 2006, 12:45 am

Rest HR is usually measured just after waking up. I find the same value after about an hour doing nothing.

As to change in RHR, when I was a boy and started rowing at 14, RHR dropped from about 70 to 45 in a couple of years, with typical rowing training of the '50s. This meant mostly pulling at 23 in eights for 2-3 minutes a go, total say 30-45' a day. A full course was a very rare beast.

Now I'm 65, and RHR is around 55-60, with plenty of UT2 and UT1 work.

So it seems (maybe) that not only does MHR drop with age, but RHR increases.

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Post by nfeht » June 14th, 2006, 10:11 pm

i always was confused over when the RHR is measured. i thought it was when waking up but mine is high 38-42bpm when i wake up so i always thought i was wrong. is it bad to have it this low.

this would also explain why when i was in the hospital 2 summers ago (cause i was jaundice) why the nurses were always freaking out asking me if i was ok and having multible people take my pulse



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Post by Heaviestuser » July 5th, 2006, 4:32 am

Hi,
My RHR is fairly constant.
I see no change in it.

My personal best/overall condition has increased though.
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Low HR

Post by HardGainer » July 15th, 2006, 7:09 pm

nfeht wrote:... mine is high 38-42bpm when i wake up so i always thought i was wrong. is it bad to have it this low.
Are you trying to tell us you think this is high or low?

As I'm sure you're well aware, in a healthy individual a low RHR is the sign of an efficient cardiac system. In other cases it can be a symptom of some disorder - often hypothyroidism, where it is also usually associated with low BP. I'm sure someone with more expertise will be able to give you other scenarios which might apply.

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Post by isashares » July 21st, 2006, 10:12 pm

A low RHR can be misleading as it was in my case. I had a RHR of less than 40 but while rowing I was hitting my usual 170+ (52Yrs). At first I put it down to being fairly fit, however I had a constant feeling of tiredness and started to fall asleep while watching TV or when reading.
On a routine bi-annual medical I asked the Doctor for a TSH (Thyroid Specific Hormone) test (a test not routinely done for men) which indicated that my thyroid was almost non-existant.
I now have to take thyroid replacement tablets for the rest of my life but I do feel so much better. With hindsight two associated symptoms with Hypothyroidism untreated are reduced ability to concentrate and perhaps most strangely when training I would be exerciseing for 15 mins before breaking out in a sweat. So if you don't sweat easily, feel tired even after having plenty of restand have a low RHR then I suggest you get your TSH levels checked. My RHR is now 55 and my max is about 180.

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