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What's your resting heart rate?
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ilovecardigans · 27/11/2020 00:00

I do a fair bit of exercise and have done for quite some time. I had no idea what my resting heart rate was until I bought a fitness tracker recently and was somewhat surprised to find that it was pretty low - 44 to 45 beats per minute. I'm in my mid 50s.

Apparently, I'm either an elite athlete (bahahaha!) or suffering from bradycardia (which is a bit scary) or I'm an elephant. I feel absolutely fine and my blood pressure is always bang on when it's checked by my GP. She has never commented on my heart rate, so I assume there's no cause for concern.

I'm interested to know what other posters' resting heart rates are and whether I'm an anomaly! TIA. 😁

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TheFutureFreaksMeOut · 27/11/2020 00:02

About the same as yours! I have bradycardia and a perfect blood pressure. I do have a heart condition but it's stable and monitored

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OnNaturesCourse · 27/11/2020 00:04

31, 29 weeks pregnant and a resting heart rate of 85 on average since about 10 weeks ago. Blood pressure is average of 113/72.

Prior to pregnancy my heart rate was averaging 75 I think.

My Dad exercises daily, is in his 50s and has a resting heart rate of 50-55 normally. He's been told it's OK since he is so active but it's to be monitored and checked up on if it gets lower.

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longcoffeebreak · 27/11/2020 00:10

Mine is 38

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Somewhereelsewhere · 27/11/2020 00:11

Mine is low like yours. Have been put on for monitoring whilst in hospital for something else due to their concern for how low it was. It was perfectly healthy. Nothing much to do with fitness in my case. Just genetics. My father is the same.

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ilovecardigans · 27/11/2020 00:23

@Somewhereelsewhere

Mine is low like yours. Have been put on for monitoring whilst in hospital for something else due to their concern for how low it was. It was perfectly healthy. Nothing much to do with fitness in my case. Just genetics. My father is the same.

That's interesting, thank you. I have no idea whether mine is genetic or not, but unfortunately I can't check as both my parents are no longer with us.

Many thanks also to everyone else who has replied.
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Whycantibetangy · 27/11/2020 00:24

My average over the last year according to my fitbit is 62

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CoronaIsShit · 27/11/2020 00:30

According to my new Oximeter and blood pressure monitor (Covid panic buy!), my HR settles at around 60 and BP is around 115/73. I was surprised my resting HR was so low as according to the machines in the gym I can get up to 180 but I don’t feel like I’m working that hard!

I’m 49 and exercise 5/6 times a week. I used to be a couch potato and had hypertension but was able to come off meds due to the exercise.

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HerNameIsIncontinentiaButtocks · 27/11/2020 00:38

About 55. Ten years ago it was 75. I dunno.

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hilariousnamehere · 27/11/2020 02:55

34, really not active at all this year, Fitbit says 76... In normal times I'm reasonably fit but didn't have anything to measure heart rate with then 😂 sorry, that's not very helpful is it?!

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LaLaLanded · 27/11/2020 04:56

Mine is around 45-50. Blood pressure is at the low end of normal.

I was diagnosed with bradycardia after a couple of fainting spells years ago. I was monitored for a bit and sent on my way, but I was in my 20’s then with no other indicators.

Interestingly my heart rate doesn’t change depending on how fit I am. It’s always the same. I think genetics - mum is in her 60’s and has a heart rate of 60.

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BogRollBOGOF · 27/11/2020 15:06

46 on waking.
39yrs, run regularly, can get it up to 180s on a brief hard sprint with quick recovery.
Low-healthy blood pressure.

I've told DH that if I ever ended up on hospital, to warn the Drs that I'm fit and it is naturally low.

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TranquilityofSolitude · 27/11/2020 15:14

There was a thread just like this a few weeks ago:

DH's weirdly low resting heart rate www.mumsnet.com/Talk/general_health/4060674-dh-s-weirdly-low-resting-heart-rate

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PolarBearStrength · 27/11/2020 15:14

RHR of 56 today according to my watch. I had a baby three weeks ago and it’s still settling I think. It was about 50 pre-pregnancy. My max HR is about 210 usually. I’m fairly fit: run marathons, do long distance triathlon, train at least 10 hours per week usually etc. My blood pressure is pretty average, verging towards the higher end of average. 120/80ish.

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IrkedEssex · 27/11/2020 16:26

  1. In my early 50s and pretty fit these days. It used to be more like 70.
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Plonque · 27/11/2020 16:31

72 bpm, I'm age 37 and moderately fit.

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EmpressPenguin · 27/11/2020 17:05

Same as yours or lower, I'm the same age as you. I've seen two theories on this A wrist monitors are not that accurate and B traditional measures of average heart rates are based on measures taken in clinical settings, whereas modern wearables reflect more accurately the wider range of variability of heart rates across the population while performing everyday activities. There's probably something in both of these views. Anyway, you're not an anomaly. I'm fit for my age but there are people who I would consider fitter who have resting heart rates higher than mine and some people who have rhrs even lower , but who dont seem considerably fitter. But on the whole, lower is better so be proud, you have a strong heart Grin

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ilovecardigans · 27/11/2020 19:17

@CoronaIsShit

According to my new Oximeter and blood pressure monitor (Covid panic buy!), my HR settles at around 60 and BP is around 115/73. I was surprised my resting HR was so low as according to the machines in the gym I can get up to 180 but I don’t feel like I’m working that hard!

I’m 49 and exercise 5/6 times a week. I used to be a couch potato and had hypertension but was able to come off meds due to the exercise.

That's brilliant to hear, Coronals. Well done for getting off the meds. 👍
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ilovecardigans · 27/11/2020 19:25

[quote TranquilityofSolitude]There was a thread just like this a few weeks ago:

DH's weirdly low resting heart rate www.mumsnet.com/Talk/general_health/4060674-dh-s-weirdly-low-resting-heart-rate[/quote]
Ooh, thanks for the link - I missed that thread. Very interesting indeed.

I did laugh at the 'reptilian circulatory systems' comment and now I keep thinking about that old sci-fi TV show V...

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ilovecardigans · 27/11/2020 19:32

@EmpressPenguin

Same as yours or lower, I'm the same age as you. I've seen two theories on this A wrist monitors are not that accurate and B traditional measures of average heart rates are based on measures taken in clinical settings, whereas modern wearables reflect more accurately the wider range of variability of heart rates across the population while performing everyday activities. There's probably something in both of these views. Anyway, you're not an anomaly. I'm fit for my age but there are people who I would consider fitter who have resting heart rates higher than mine and some people who have rhrs even lower , but who dont seem considerably fitter. But on the whole, lower is better so be proud, you have a strong heart Grin

Thanks Empress. I think you hit the nail on the head there.

Thanks to everyone who has replied . I feel happily normal now. Grin
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LubaLuca · 27/11/2020 19:41

About 70. I have a congenital heart defect, which causes it to vary hugely throughout the day. That combined with anaemia means it often beats like a drum kit falling down a flight of stairs. I'm pretty healthy though, in spite of my dicky ticker Smile

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Jowak1 · 27/11/2020 19:47

My resting heart rate is 65 I'm 42 do a spin class 4 times a week, eat healthy and try to do 10,000 steps a day ( which since working from home I do struggle with).

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Gwenhwyfar · 27/11/2020 20:00

" I’m fairly fit: run marathons, do long distance triathlon, train at least 10 hours per week usually etc"

And that is just 'fairly fit' is it?

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InTheLongGrass · 27/11/2020 20:04

Mine is currently 62bpm.
I'm obese and unfit. Used to be able to swim 2km or run 5km, but my exercise has dropped, and my weight increased, over the last 18 months.

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OrangeBananaFish · 27/11/2020 20:04

Mines about the same 43-45. Whenever I've taken my pulse out of curiosity it's usually in the 40's. I have seen it as low as 39 often and once saw 37 on my fitness tracker.

I do agree with the above comment about a fitness tracker not being 100% accurate though.

I have been running regularly (taken part in many races including 2 marathons) since 2012 and on plenty of running facebook groups there seems to be a common low resting heart rate.

At one check up at the doctors, the nurse took my pulse a second time. I don't think she was overly happy about it (my heartrate I mean, not having to do it again), but didn't really say anything about it.

To me it sounds perfectly normal

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EdwardCullensBiteOnTheSide · 27/11/2020 20:16

Mines around 60 but goes slightly less at times. I'm 39 and I run 5k at least 3 times a week so I am reasonably fit, if I'm unwell though my hr always shoots up noticeably.

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