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Change in resting HR. Is this normal?(2 posts)

Change in resting HR. Is this normal?Free2Pedal
Nov 10, 2003 9:54 AM
My resting HR has dropped from 68 BPM to 56 BPM in just 4 weeks. I'm thinking its a good thing; but it seems kinda quick. 4 weeks isn't too fast for it to fall that much is it? Hope not.
Sounds OK ...Humma Hah
Nov 10, 2003 10:04 AM
Keep in mind, resting HR is already pretty variable, but the drop is generally a pretty good indication of improved fitness. Armstrong's resting HR is supposed to be in the low 30's.

On the other hand, too much of a good thing is not great. A resting HR of 0 is BAD. Jim Fixx, the runner, was proud of his resting HR around 38, but dropped dead of a heart attack at a young age.

So the moral is, yeah, smile that your HR is lower ... that's good ... but do also see your doctor for regular checkups and maybe get that ECG or treadmill stress test he's been bugging you to get.