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One more resting heart rate question-(3 posts)

One more resting heart rate question-rideslikeagirl
Jun 13, 2002 7:09 AM
What contitutes a spike? A certain percentage increase or beats per minute?

Are there any guidelines, or is just individual-specific?

(And, I'm guessing you'll have an elevation when you're overtraining because, even after a full nights sleep, you're body's still working on recovering?)

Thanks-
you have to keep tgrack of it over timeColnagoFE
Jun 13, 2002 7:48 AM
and then you should know if its elevated. usually you'll have other symptoms if you're overtrained though...ie irritability, trouble sleeping, weight loss, etc.
10% would be a starting point..dotkaye
Jun 13, 2002 8:14 AM
that is, a 10% increase in resting HR probably means something's wrong, and it would be a good idea to back off intense training until it returns to normal.

Best thing is to keep a training log and include HR in that. The historical record will show you what's significant for your training. Make sure to always take it at the same time under the same conditions. I usually take mine at the office while sitting down, about 50. But in hospital, after lying down for extended periods, it was consistently 37 to 38, which alarmed the nurses.. they wanted to get me on a pacemaker.