Resting heart is the number of heartbeats when you’re resting or you’re not doing any physical activity. Normal is resting heart is between 60 and 100 heartbeats per minute.

Athletes have resting heart rate below 60bpm and it is not abnormal to have resting heart below 60. Normal resting heart depends from age.

Resting Heart Rate

Resting Heart Rate

Here you can read all about resting rate.

According to some researches high resting rate is related to high risk of death.

Doctors, at the beginning of the research, assessed the participants on the cardiorespiratory fitness by cycling test. After 15 years some of participants were subjected to additional check up. After 16 years doctors checked how much of them were alive, and find out that 4 of 10 participants died.

High resting rate is connected with obesity, higher level of circulating fats, blood pressure. People with high resting rate have a high risk factor then they with low resting heart.

As we told you there are some factors that can contribute to low or high heart resting rate.  To measure the resting heart rate you must be at completely rest, cause even small activity can high your heart rate.

Here are the factors that affect the heart rate:

  • Fitness and activity
  • Body position
  • Air temperature
  • Stress
  • Emotion level
  • Body size
  • Illness
  • Medications
  • Food and drink

As we said once, to measure your heart rate you must be comfortable and relaxed. So, try to sit or lie for a 5 to 10 minutes and relax your body and mind.

Then with your index and middle fingers locate your pulse on your wrist. Count your beats for  time of 10 seconds. Repeat this test 2 to 3 times to find average number. Then multiply that number by six.

If you’re not satisfied with the result you can improve your resting heart rate if you follow these tips:

  • Reduce the stress level
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise
  • Reduce intake of caffeine
  • Quality sleep