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Which of these #s should be my resting heart rate?(5 posts)

Which of these #s should be my resting heart rate?MPH74
Jan 16, 2004 7:25 AM
I woke up this morning to my alarm, hit the snooze button, put my heart rate monitor on, and went back to sleep for the 8 minutes before my snooze button woke me up again. Here are some numbers that my heart rate monitor rocorded during that time. Which one is my "resting heart rate?"

Heart rate after my alarm went off the first time and right after I managed to get the monitor on (keep in mind that i had to move around a bit to get it on): 58

The lowest recorded heart rate during the 8 minutes that I was asleep: 44

The average heart rate while I was asleep (it was exactly this for about 5 minutes): 46

My heart rate at the exact moment I was scared awake my the second alarm: 50

My heart rate 15 second after the alarm went off... by this time I was moving around in bed and fully awake: 69

My heart rate 2 hours later as sit in front of my computer at work writing this: 63

re: Which of these #s should be my resting heart rate?PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 16, 2004 7:36 AM
I would use 46 and then do the same procedure for 5 days.Then take the average of those 5 days.
I concurr...funknuggets
Jan 16, 2004 7:56 AM
use the technique used to arrive at the 46.
You might be thinking too much.Cory
Jan 16, 2004 9:06 AM
I agree about the 46, but it may not be worth much. Any body function is going to vary a little, and you can drive yourself nuts trying to pin it down precisely. A trend or an average over a few days would probably be more meaningful.
Doesn't matter as long as you are consistent....Tri_Rich
Jan 16, 2004 12:56 PM
MRHR (morning resting heart rate)is generally used as an indicator of increasinf fitness is newer athletes and as a warning sign of overtraining in more experienced athletes. The number in and of itself is meanless, a gradual drop as you become more fit is good. If it rises mor than about 10 beats without explanation take an easy day or two.

Just measure it the same way every time.