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Normal Resting Heart Rate

Posted Nov 19 2010 8:14am


There are some of us for whom life tends to get a bit hectic. Rest seems to be something that is "wishful thinking", and yet it is one of the most important aspects of our life that we cannot do without… and MUST NOT do without. And while some people sleep, they are not able to sleep well because of these issues.

While some blame it on too much work, others might blame it on their inability to stay calm even in the quietest moments of their life, and maybe this might be due to the fact that anger and other negative emotions take control of their lives. While there's no doubt that this effects you negatively not only on a daily basis but also in the long-term, anger can set your pulse racing while more and more blood is pumped through your heart to other parts of the body.

Speaking of the heart (apart from love situation) when it comes to health & fitness, it plays a big role in determining whether or not one is in prime health or not. And there are certain terms that can give one a pretty good picture of this aspect as we will discuss from here on.

Understanding your Resting Heart Rate

Perhaps the biggest determiner of these aspects is one's resting heart rate as it indicates how fit or unwell a person is. The term heart rate by itself is measured by the number of heart beats per minute. And usually, the lesser the number of beats, the more efficient your heart is in pumping blood.

The resting heart rate, very simply, is actually the number of heart beats per minute when one is at rest, and in most cases, varies anywhere between 50 to 100 beats per minute. If your resting heart rate is below or above these figures, then it is time to take a rain check as this could be an indicator of your overall health (as mentioned earlier).

So the goal here is to lower your resting heart rate, as this means that your heart has to work twice as hard in order to supply your body with this oxygen and nutrients that it needs to function properly.

How to measure your Resting Heart Rate

While doctors might use machines that might give you accurate reading of this particular aspect of health, there is a much simpler way by which you can actually measure your resting heart rate. And so this is what one must do:

Step 1: Find your pulse, either on your neck or on your risk

Step 2: Begin to count the number of beats using a stopwatch

Step 3: Do this for at least 60 seconds, and record the value.

Step 4: Repeat for at least another 2-3 times, and measure the average number of beats.

How to lower your heart rate

And once you know this, here are some ways by which one can lower their heart rate and which indicates greater fitness levels:

1. Get plenty of rest

2. Drink a lot of water

3. Answer nature's call immediately…

4. Meditation, massage and even a warm bath is good

5. And most of all, exercise regularly.

In Closing

In being able to lower your resting heart rate, one will be able to be fitter, calmer and generally happier in life regardless of what it throws at you.

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