Fitness and Your Resting Heart Rate

Fitness and Your Resting Heart Rate

So today, let’s talk about fitness and your resting heart rate. Resting heart rate refers to a person’s average number of beats per minute when they are in a relaxed or resting state. A variety of factors can affect heart rate, and a lower resting heart rate generally indicates better overall heart health and cardiovascular fitness. Experts at Harvard Medical School suggest using resting heart rate as an indicator of good health. While heart rate tends to increase slightly with age, an unusual increase in resting heart rate could mean an increased risk of heart disease. Average resting rates are between 70 and 90. A healthy resting rate that is likely to result in lower risk of heart disease is below 70, and healthy athletes tend to have resting rates in the high 40s and 50s.

The most important factors in maintaining a low resting heart rate are exercise, your eating plan and your weight. The heart is a muscle, and like all other muscles in the body, the more it is worked the stronger it becomes. A strong heart is less prone to disease. It also works as a stronger and more efficient pump. This means that the heart can beat less to move the same amount of blood, and that has important implications for the circulatory system. Each beat puts a small amount of strain on artery walls. Fewer beats means less strain and stronger arterial walls as we all age. Cardiovascular exercise, monitored at The Fitness Clinic gym in Fort Lauderdale to make certain the exercise is intensive enough to maintain an optimum training heart rate over an extended period of time, will improve heart strength. Many exercises and sports activities accomplish this, including jogging, cycling, swimming, and weight lifting, all of which may be part of your Fitness Clinic personal ultimate fitness plan, determined with your fitness advisor or trainer. Walking is generally not intensive enough to raise heart rate sufficiently, but it’s always a good place to start.

Your eating plan and weight are the other keys to a healthy heart. Food Plans [never say diet!] high in healthy fats, such as those from olive oil or coconut oil, whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables will help improve cardiovascular health and overall body health. A proper eating plan will also help maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese makes it harder for the heart to move blood throughout the body, increasing overall heart rate and resting heart rate and putting more strain on the heart. The Fitness Clinic gym in Fort Lauderdale has a 30+ year success record, not only helping clients maintain a healthy weight, but actually turning back the clock. And it’s guaranteed!

Maintaining a proper body weight is one of the best things you can do to lower your resting heart rate. For more information on attaining and maintaining a healthy resting heart rate as well as slowing or stopping the aging process, please call Fred or Nick at The Fitness Clinic gym Fort Lauderdale for an appointment and tour, at 954-491-4969 – you’ll like our private club atmosphere and scientific approach to your best health and fitness.