My resting heart rate: Top 2.5%

June 5, 2018 by Joshua
in Fitness

For some reason when I sat down this afternoon I opened my phone’s stopwatch and counted my heart beats for a minute. I counted 52.

I had just been walking around so after sitting a few minutes did it again and got 50. A few minutes later I got 49, then another 49.

In physics labs in school, we learned to take at least 5 measurements. I downloaded an app to measure my pulse. It got a 49 too.

I looked up “resting heart rate men 46 years old” and found this site, with this chart:

resting heart rate

Resting heart rates for 46-year-old men

It says I’m an athlete

According to the page, my heart rate is in the top 2.5% of my age and sex, describing me as an athlete.

I don’t think of myself as an athlete, though I like the label. I exercise less than an hour a day, which is nothing compared to the average American’s 5 hours per day watching TV. We spend our leisure time differently—exercising versus watching TV—but I spend less time at my pastime than they do. Maybe I lack their dedication and discipline.

If I spent as much time exercising as most people did watching TV, I’d be in better shape.

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1 response to “My resting heart rate: Top 2.5%

  1. Pingback: I wish I had the dedication and discipline of most Americans | Joshua Spodek

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