In June I measured my heart rate at 45 beats per minute with an app, which said I was off the charts for a 46-year-old male. Since then I’d measured a few times and repeated the results. I also turned 47.
I measured when I wasn’t moving around but Harvard Medical School wrote, “The American Heart Association recommends checking your resting heart rate first thing in the morning (but before you get out of bed).”
This morning I woke up before the alarm, got up, got the phone, lay back down and checked my pulse:
I guess it might have been lower if I hadn’t gotten up and crossed the room and back. The screen showed 39 beats per minute while it was reading, which it does for about ten seconds.
The Mayo clinic says:
Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. For example, a well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats a minute.
The site verywellfit.com says:
A healthy resting heart rate for adults is 60 to 80 bpm. Adults with a high level of fitness may have a resting heart rate below 60 and some elite endurance athletes (such as marathon runners or professional cyclists) have a resting heart rate below 40.
A normal resting heart rate for the average adult is 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm) or 40 to 60 bpm for highly conditioned athletes.
A doctor at HealthTap wrote:
In normal adults a resting heart rate of 60-80 is common. Deconditioning can lead to faster rates while conditioned athletes can have heart rates in the 40-60 range. Olympic sports athletes may have heart rates in the 30’s.
I checked it a few minutes later to calibrate after moving around in bed a bit:
The charts resting pulse is off of:
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