when i last checked my resting rate(jan this year) it was somewhere around 65, and took a long time sitting still, breathing steady to reach(never tried first thing in the morning) tonight i've seen 56 several times, after being fairly relaxed, but easier/quicker to reach than the first time.
i bought my gf a heart rate monitor for her bike computer and tested it. i thought it was giving false readings, so tried mine. and it was the same.
perhaps a boring story, but it's made me feel good. fitness(which i hope this is a sign of) was my main reason for starting cycling again.
Well done, its a good sign of fitness.
Yes I'd like to say congratulations as well. Keep it up.
It's an unfortunate side effect from too much cycling! Well done.
@ simone last year mine was measured at 47 and the nurse asked if i was still alive.
Apparently Miguel Indurain had a resting HR of 28!
sometimes I feel 220-age would leave me with a max HR around 50! :-)
Breathing is a big deal with heart-rate. The heart always slows down on the exhale, so if you breath in quick and deep and exhale looooong and slow, you can lower heart-rate. It's helpful for recovery at the top of hills or after sprints.
My former job was a Cardiac Nurse. The lowest resting heart rate I've seen was 40 (that is the lowest healthy I've seen). A very fit young man. The electrical system of the heart is such that it is unlikely to go any lower than 40 too!
If you feel it's too low you can always take up smoking to counter it! It seemed to work nicely for the majority of patients I've seen. (this is a joke - sort of.)
@ hozozco that cool does that mean i can call myself a very fit young man? even at 51
I recently had a simple procedure done in hospital and the nurse who took my HR had to double check my low heart rate and then conceded that I was obviously a "competitive athlete" the funny thing was I haven’t raced in nearly 20 years. but i still took the compliment.
I used to see mine at 39 after a rest day or two...oh how I wish I was still that fit. Quite freaky to feel a perceptible time gap between heart beats.