Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

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What is Your resting HR?

Below 45
56
14%
45 to 50
74
18%
51 to 55
77
19%
56 to 60
80
19%
61 to 65
63
15%
66 to 70
33
8%
71 to 75
15
4%
76 to 80
7
2%
Over 80
6
1%
 
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby Parrott » Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:12 am

One of the blokes I work with jokingly reckons you are born with an allocated number of heart beats for your lifetime. By cycling and upping HR you are shotening yor life he reckons. When I come in off the the bike at the start of the shift his word are ; "wasting heart beats again?". :roll: :)
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:22 am

I'll have todo this count again. But some twenty years ago, at peak condition, I had my pulse taken, mostly under ideal conditions (attendant taking pulse while in deep sleep, etc) and had readings from the low thirties to mid thirties.

I did have reason to believe that I may be genetically disposed to a low rate - my dad had very low rates, even inlater life when his heart was under stress, a cardiologist made mention that he seemed to have lower reading than normal. I was also supremely fit. But I think Dad had a bit to do with it too.

Others may be interested however to retake their rates under ideal conditions - get a partner to take it while you are asleep (and not in REM state for example). You may be surprised how much lower it is. And bearing in mind the demographic here, I'd expect some exceptionally low readings, many in the thirties.

Has anyone here been subjected to a sleep laboratory? You'd have best quality data.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby toolonglegs » Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:48 pm

Parrott wrote:One of the blokes I work with jokingly reckons you are born with an allocated number of heart beats for your lifetime. By cycling and upping HR you are shotening yor life he reckons. When I come in off the the bike at the start of the shift his word are ; "wasting heart beats again?". :roll: :)


So you cycle 2 hours a day everyday....(150av hr for 2 hours = 6,570,000) plus 45av resting heart rate for the other 22 hours (21,681,000) = 28,251,000 beats per year.
Your mate....65 bpm av over 24 hours....34,164,000 beats per year.

So who's wasting heart beats?.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby Parrott » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:06 pm

toolonglegs wrote:So you cycle 2 hours a day everyday....(150av hr for 2 hours = 6,570,000) plus 45av resting heart rate for the other 22 hours (21,681,000) = 28,251,000 beats per year.
Your mate....65 bpm av over 24 hours....34,164,000 beats per year.

So who's wasting heart beats?.



Ha ha good point I'll have to hit him with that if he ever comes out with it again. I reckon 65 would be optimistic too.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:53 am

As a aside though, the different mammals do tend to have a fairly similar number of lifetime beats - a million from memory. The big animals beat slower and live longer.

Humans seem to be the exception to that, but I suppose that that is because we have developed the knack of living longer - technology and so forth.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby objectman » Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:19 am

55bpm, 42 years old. It's a pity being healthy almost has no effect on blood pressure. I was doing bootcamp and riding 50kms a day, but I couldn't lose weight or lower my BP. And yet I'm "very healthy" - not fun. :(
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:34 am

I was very pleased to see on Saturday that ,while sitting in the freo emergeny rooms with tendons and bone exposed and the joint dislocated and without any pain meds, my pulse was still sitting at 60. This riding must be working it's magic.

Would there be ANY long term rider who is not better off for riding. I don't think so.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby ireland57 » Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:14 pm

I did a 45 km ride today finishing off with ride up a hill approx 1.5 - 2.0 kms (on a road bike in granny gear).

At the highest level of exertion I put in my heart was 181bpm and I reckoned I was at about 95% of flat out. I chose not to go harder.

Is that a "near enough" estimate for my max heart rate.

In a couple of days I'll have my resting heart rate here.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby hannos » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:35 am

roughly 61 BPM taken while sitting here at my desk, so not totally resting.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby Chaderotti » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:14 am

Woke up about 5 minutes ago. Sitting at my desk and it's 64. I noticed that when I breathed in my heart would beat faster, but breathing out it would slow down to 1 beat a second... Interesting.

Went to the gym last night and they gave me a fitness appraisal, apparently my blood pressure was 186/70 something. Incredibly high which is kind of scary.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:20 pm

Chaderotti wrote:Woke up about 5 minutes ago. Sitting at my desk and it's 64. I noticed that when I breathed in my heart would beat faster, but breathing out it would slow down to 1 beat a second... Interesting.

Went to the gym last night and they gave me a fitness appraisal, apparently my blood pressure was 186/70 something. Incredibly high which is kind of scary.

Chad - if they were using a cuff/bladder too small, then that will drastically affect your bp to the point of irrelevance. Think back and if it was really tight when inflated then they should have used a better fit one. The right cuff is critical to an accurate measure.

It's a worry that, out of convenience, the wrong cuff/bladder is commonly used. It makes me wanna beat the living bejesus out of medicos that used to publicly counsel against self-monitoring bp on the basis that Joe Average might do it wrong when COMMONLY medicos are too lazy to reach in the cupboard for the right cuff. ("If the cuff fits, it's OK" and "Size makes only a couple of points difference" is blatant palming-off BS.)

Doctors used to tell us that we need to have lots of other readings so there is a base line - well, when was the last time your GP took your pulse and bp AND recorded it for reference? The blood bank is probably the only time. (Unless at the time bp is relevant to the issue that you are in there for, which then makes it irrelevant as a baseline.)

Anyway, get them to do it again sometime and, if it is really high, question whether they have used the right cuff. Make them repeat with a larger cuff. If the pressure goes down significantly then the reading they should record is the larger-cuff one. Make a note of the cuff size for future reference and insist that all practitioners use that size. Give them a serve if they don't have that size. (Hmmm, is there a standardised size rating? This may be problematic.)

btw, the practitioner should have ensured that your forearm was supported (not held up by you) roughly horizontally at about heart height.

It is medically irresponsible (and all too common) to take a bp reading with the wrong equipment and under the wrong circumstances. Such reading have zero relevance.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby brauluver » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:06 pm

Just thought I'd move one of my pets over here to maybe capture a wider audience :wink:

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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:53 pm

I wish to brag here:
When I was in hospital recently for a hernia surgery my RHR was consistently 40. I set off the monitor alarms every time. Fortunately, the first nurse who took my pulse asked me if I did a lot of regular exercise. I told her I was a commuting cyclist, she nodded and wrote it on my chart to explain the low HR. No more questions from the nurses, but I did enjoy setting the alarms off.

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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby brauluver » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:55 pm

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:I wish to brag here:
No more questions from the nurses, but I did enjoy setting the alarms off.

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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby Chaderotti » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:29 am

I got my bp checked the next day at my GP and it was 137/60~ so my medication is helping in dropping that.
And yes Collin, thinking back now the cuff became incredibly tight.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:26 pm

Chaderotti wrote:I got my bp checked the next day at my GP and it was 137/60~ so my medication is helping in dropping that.
And yes Collin, thinking back now the cuff became incredibly tight.


Am I understand that you are now on indication largely as a result of the high reading you had? If so, then I restate, "if they were using a cuff/bladder too small, then that will drastically affect your bp to the point of irrelevance". And to then treat you for hypertension on that data is adding insult to injury.

Apologies to your medico if he has in fact done it right. It's only that it is all too common on people with largeish arms - fat or muscular - to have slackly done BP readings and so I raise the possibility.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby cavebear2 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:11 pm

45-50 on the forums that is, don't know what it'll be when my wife gets home. :wink:
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby wqlava1 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:42 pm

Before I started commuting 300-400km/week about 3 years ago, I'd always thought that the times I had been reasonably fit my RHR was about 48 - when I ran cross country at school, for a couple of years when I dived in my 20s, and for a year that I cycled to work about 120km/week in my 30s. Before I started commuting it was on about 60. After 18 months of commuting I went for a checkup that my bulk billing doctor said was free on some program the govt had for guys in their late 40s. It was 42 in his office with the cheap auto blood pressure machine so he sent me out the back (walking around during the day not in bed) for an ECG and it was 40 with what he said was a perfect shape to the graph. He probably wanted the extra $$! It just confirmed what I saw as I went to bed at night at that time. I just watch the digital clock and restart counting with each minute, hearing the beat in my ear folded over against the pillow - no movement/exertion needed to feel a pulse with my fingers. Quite soporific.

What i have noticed is that:
1. My pulse settles to an even rate within about 3 or 4 minutes.
2. It stays 2 or 3 beats per min higher on days when i have ridden (even when i got home at 630pm and go to bed 4 or 5 hours later), and is slower one or two days later. I've not heard other people comment on observing this too, but I saw it every weekend as I rode only on the commute. Too many kids to run around after on the weekends to go cycling much.
3. Not very often slower in the morning by more than one more bpm.

I changed job and haven't ridden quite so much for the last few months, and the RHR is back up to 47-48. (as you can see below). Still much more able to ride distances comfortably than 3 years back.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby Apple » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:34 am

cavebear2 wrote:45-50 on the forums that is, don't know what it'll be when my wife gets home. :wink:

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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby grub » Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:34 pm

objectman wrote:It's a pity being healthy almost has no effect on blood pressure.


I just conceded defeat after my blood pressure remained stupidly high independent of weight / exercise / diet over the last 10 years (i'm 44 now). So, on the drugs, and the first thing the doc did was say I couldn't ride until it was normal. Aaaaagh. Didn't tell her I had done hill repeats that morning, have done the 210 atb four times and am training for the 250. Or was training for the 250... It's a goal I guess, but a bit scary that I'm a stroke risk now, but blissfully unaware in the last 10,000k.
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby seddo » Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:52 pm

[quote="Chaderotti"]Woke up about 5 minutes ago. Sitting at my desk and it's 64. I noticed that when I breathed in my heart would beat faster, but breathing out it would slow down to 1 beat a second... Interesting.


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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby bhspirit » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:18 pm

ireland57 wrote:I did a 45 km ride today finishing off with ride up a hill approx 1.5 - 2.0 kms (on a road bike in granny gear).

At the highest level of exertion I put in my heart was 181bpm and I reckoned I was at about 95% of flat out. I chose not to go harder.

Is that a "near enough" estimate for my max heart rate.

In a couple of days I'll have my resting heart rate here.


I am also curious to the answer to this question as also my noted HR at my point of physical exertion is 181 bpm! Should I use this as my MHR for working out my exercise zones?

Also my RHR is 49 bpm :)
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby gazman » Mon May 03, 2010 3:24 pm

I am 57 with a resting heart rate of 50. Blood pressure, however, has been gradually getting higher so succumbed to medication last Friday. So far, no side effects, and no change to riding. Should I expect any side effects?
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby cavebear2 » Thu May 06, 2010 5:52 pm

So.... 70% of cyclists from a sample of 211 so far have a resting heart rate of 60 or less. Not a bad result I reckon! :)
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Re: Resting Heart rate.What's yours?

Postby brauluver » Fri May 07, 2010 12:46 pm

cavebear2 wrote:So.... 70% of cyclists from a sample of 211 so far have a resting heart rate of 60 or less. Not a bad result I reckon! :)


quite impressive isn't it?

I'm very happy with the amount of responses and positive outcome of this poll borne out of my curiosity.
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