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Resting HR, how to take...Wannabe
Jun 12, 2002 11:50 AM
I know the most important thing about taking one's resting heart rate is to be consistent as to when you take it, but my question for those here is how do you folks take your resting heart rate? Old finger on artery and count/time? Do some of you use a HR monitor? Just curious...

I only have just started taking a resting HR in the morning and I am noticing that it does not take much at all to get one's HR moving up in the morning. I tried just holding a HR monitor strap across my chest and check the readout. But it took quite a bit of fidgeting before the strap would pick up my HR. Thought I was dead for quite a while! :) And the more I fidgeted, the higher the HR. If I do use a monitor, is the lowest HR I see my resting HR?

in bed 1st thingColnagoFE
Jun 12, 2002 12:37 PM
wear a HRM top bed (if you can sleep with one) and measure it 1st thing BEFORE getting out of bed. DO this for 3 days in a row and average your findings.
that can be tough though...TomS
Jun 12, 2002 1:01 PM
Usually when I wake up it's either because of a sudden thing that would cause my hr to be way up (like having a cat jump on me and startle me :( ) or else I wake up slowly, after a lot of tossing and turning that I'm not even aware of, or so my wife tells me. By that time it seems like my hr is up because of the tossing and turning.

Anyway my point is, by the time I am awake enough to check it, it's higher than it might be an hour later when I'm just sitting and reading for a while.

Which reading is the "right" one?
That's my dilema too-rideslikeagirl
Jun 12, 2002 1:23 PM
Or else, as soon as the alarm goes off, my head goes off onto work crap. And we all know how damaging THAT is to one's HR!
that can be tough though...flying
Jun 12, 2002 1:25 PM
I tend to look at the difference between waking & rising.
When I wake I take my pulse before rising. ( Still laying in bed )

Next stand & take it again.
Note the difference
This for me has been the best indicator. It shows whether I have recovered from the day before effort or not.
heart rates/restingRavik
Jun 12, 2002 1:34 PM
The key here is that this is a RESTING heart rate, not a "I just came out of a coma" heart rate! ;-)

Pick a slow time of the day - it can be just after you've awaked,
or just before you go to bed, or it can be those 15 minutes of the day you spend unwinding in front
of the TV set.

You're not worried about getting your heart at its most
docile, you want an honest reading of your heart rate
when you're relaxed, RESTING, not moving.

A heart rate monitor is fine, but you're just as accurate with
your pointer and middle finger on your wrist (keep your
thumb out of it - it has pulse, too, and can mess your
count up.

Key point - really - is that even if you take your pulse six
times a day for six days a week, you're going to get slightly
different readings. Strees, what food you've just eaten and
what you've just seen/heard can cause little blips.
Take it a bunch, average, throw out any bizzare outliers and there you go!
Retro technologyKerry
Jun 12, 2002 5:37 PM
I've got an old mechanical "digital" clock radio, where the numbers flip down every 60 seconds. I can lay in bed and listen for the click, then count the heartbeat sounds. It even serves as a way to "count sheep" just after I turn out the light. No fidgeting, no HRM, no fingers on the wrist. I don't know what I'll do when that clock fails (29 years old this weekend - got it as a wedding present).
Retro technologyrideslikeagirl
Jun 13, 2002 7:11 AM
Wow - no kidding! I had one of those in the 70's-
I had a really cool clock when i was in high schoolColnagoFE
Jun 13, 2002 9:13 AM
it projected the time onto the ceiling...nowadays i wouldnt be able to see it without contacts or glasses, but it was cool to just be able to look up at the ceiling and see the time.
I had a really cool clock when i was in high schoolbikedodger
Jun 13, 2002 9:16 AM
I just bought my daughter one that does that.