It wasn’t that long ago that I first got my hands on a heart rate monitor. I’ve never been sufficiently into the minutiae of fitness training (or dedicated enough?) to apply any kind of science to it, like using a heart rate monitor, but I do love a good competition. Particularly if it’s with myself.
As such, the first thing I did was find my minimum heart rate. Before I reveal the results, however, here are some instructions to find your own resting heart rate so that you can join the game (you don’t need a heart rate monitor)…
How to find your resting heart rate
- Your heart rate tends to be at its lowest first thing in the morning, just after you wake up.
- Even standing or just sitting up will make your heart work harder so stay lying down.
- Find a pulse – wrist and neck are good places
- Set a timer for 60 seconds and start counting the pulses. However high you count is your resting heart rate in beats per minute (bpm).
Heart Rate Monitors
Amazon.com are good places to look.
Resting Heart Rates
How did you score? You can check yourself against the table below taken from the great Wikipedia article on heart rates.
My ego was suitably inflated when I registered in the low 40s (checked with my monitor and manually!). That would make me even better than the ‘Athlete’ category above.
I duly informed my wife, Laura, that I was a “medical marvel” and a peer to Lance Armstrong (whose resting heart rate was reported at 32bpm) when she had a go herself and clocked 36bpm.
The Minimum Resting Heart Rate Hall of Fame
- Tim Moss (me): 42bpm
- Laura Moss (my wife): 36bpm
- Lance Armstrong: 32bpm
- Miguael Indurain: 28bpm (another Tour de France rider)
What’s your resting heart rate? Test yourself with a stop watch or get a heart rate monitor. Add your name to the Hall of Fame. Particularly if you can score lower than 36 to knock Laura off her pedestal.
(N.B. Laura was at pains to emphasise that she is not some kind of superhuman, just “reasonably fit” after the Tube runs)