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Need help with Heart Rate question(7 posts)

Need help with Heart Rate questionDWridesGT
Dec 29, 2001 5:11 AM
I am starting a training program, (aren't we all) and I am trying to find out exactly how to record my morning heart rate? Am I suppose to go to bed and sleep all night with the chest strap around me and the monitor sitting beside the night stand? I could then just simply open my eyes and see my "true" morning heart rate.

Or should I simply put the whole thing on as soon as I wake up and then take the results? But by doing it this way I think I would raise my heart rate a little while fidgeting with the chest strap/transmitter/monitor.

What have you "experts" done to get your morning heart rate accurately recorded. I am serious about this training program and want to start off on the most accurate assesment. Please respond with your suggestions.
re: Need help with Heart Rate questionBigLeadOutGuy
Dec 29, 2001 5:51 AM
just strap it on in the morning and see what it is...theres no need to sleep with it on for 8 hours. I have to say that if waking up and putting on your HRM is going to drastically up your heart rate than youve got other things to worry about =) j/k
stay stoked!
Take a leak first!The Conductor
Dec 29, 2001 6:23 AM
Your true RHR should actually be measured after going to the toilet. Make one measurement before and one after. I can assure you that your HR will be 5-15 beats lower after urination. I'm not sure why, but that's the way it works for most people I know. It has maybe something to do whith the body working to flush out waste-products after the night.
Leaky heart rateKerry Irons
Dec 29, 2001 6:04 PM
If my RHR dropped 15 beats after taking a leak in the morning, it would be in the low 20s. I don't think so! Take your RHR before you get out of bed. I just lay there after I wake up, and take it while timing with my watch. No real need for a HR monitor to do this.
Oops!The Conductor
Dec 30, 2001 8:10 AM
Ok, maybe it wont drops as much as 15 - if ones health is in order. But if I feel the urge for a pee when I wake and do a check before and after, It's definitely several beats(sometimes 7-8 ) lower after.
I used to think that this was just me. But on a training-camp last winter I shared room whith a young rider from the swedish national team, and he always went to the toilet in the morning, before going back to bed and check his RHR. I curiously asked him why, and the answer I got was because of the same reason as already mentioned.
Take a leak first!Blue 'Goose
Jan 2, 2002 6:00 AM
I had no clue about doing it "freshly empty"!

I just got a heart rate monitor for christmas and found that the weirdest things get my heart rate up.

I had the thing on and was trying to relax getting an
idea what my resting HR was and the phone rang. It was
my wife...I told her I had the thing on.

The evil little thing! She started talking all sexy and
my heart rate went BLORT upwards.....kind of funny. Not
a huge spike but it was noticeable. I was going "STOP
that! I'm trying to get an idea of what my resting HR is".
She just wanted to see how high she could get it.

Anyone else have this problem?
Absolutely!The Conductor
Jan 2, 2002 3:35 PM
There's no doubt about it! You're spot on!
Excessive consumtion of food can also send the HR sky-high.