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:
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.
Read my weekly newsletter
Subscribe for a weekly update of musings on leadership, the environment, and burpees.